Medical Advancement in Diagnostics
Medical Advancement in Diagnostics - MRI, CT Scan, Digital Imaging
Imaging Techniques to Improve Diagnosis
in Companion Animal Practice

Dr. S.V. Vishwasrao
Associate Professor of Surgery. 
Bombay Veterinary College

Until recent times radiography was the lone tool for bone and other tissue but now 1.Digital radiography, 2.Scintigrapgy 3.C.T.Scanning 4.MRI. are accessible to the companion animal clinician though to a restricted extent.

Significance of Diagnostic Imaging: 1. It enables visual evaluation of normal and abnormal anatomy.2. It enhances the clinician's level of diagnostic accuracy.3. Endow with method to closely monitor therapy.

Computer Aided Tomography (CAT) is causing a revolution in the medical fields such as radiology, neurology, and nuclear medicine. By combining "ordinary" X-ray equipment with refined computer signal processing, it is feasible to generate an image of the tissues of the body which is unobscured by other organs.

MRI is an advanced diagnostic tool that uses magnetic energy and radio waves to create detailed images of tissue. The resulting pictures allow veterinarians to see more detailed images of injuries and diseases within pet's bodies compared to traditional diagnostic tests, such as X-rays. To ensure pets do not move during the sensitive imaging scans, anesthesia is administered prior to the procedure.

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