If your pet has been booked for a CT or MRI examination, this allows us to look in detail at structures inside the body, to assist in making a diagnosis. We are proud to offer this state-of-the-art service.
Please be aware that these examinations are performed off-site. We will need to transport your pet to and from the facility. Unfortunately the facility does not permit pet owners to be present. Nor does it permit direct contact with pet owners. The examinations are performed at a heavily discounted rate- about 15-25% the cost of an equivalent procedure in a human.
The CT/MRI examination is performed under general anaesthetic. Great care is taken during the anaesthesia because monitoring is limited by placement of the patient in a CT/MRI tunnel. For this reason, although anaesthetic risk is very low, it is still higher than in anaesthetics performed in the clinic, where backup is available.
Unless otherwise specified you will need to starve your pet prior to the examination. Please remove food from your pet from 10 pm the night before the examination. Your pet may drink water overnight, but please remove water from 6 am.
The facility that we use requires that all animals undergoing CT/MRI examinations are fully vaccinated, and treated for external parasites. We will need to apply flea and tick treatment to your pet before transport and will need to vaccinate your pet if no proof of vaccination exists.
The costs of a CT/MRI examination vary. Sometimes a contrast medium will need to be given during the examination, to highlight areas of interest. The cost of contrast is fairly minimal with MRI, but may be as high as R2000 extra in a CT of a large dog. The costs
also depend on the number of regions to be scanned. Sometimes the radiologist will request a scan of a second or even third region, which will increase the cost. We will not be able to phone you during the examination to authorise these costs. Please discuss potential costs
with your vet before the procedure. The images are interpreted by a human radiologist, in
consultation with ourselves. Occasionally we may need to refer the images to a veterinary radiologist for an opinion, but will discuss this, and the associated fee with you should this be necessary.