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CT cases - September 2019

CT cases 3 – Sept 2019 edition

Advanced imaging has the ability to give clients and clinicians a much better idea of what is going on without the need for invasive investigation. Even in cases with a poor outlook getting a diagnosis can help inform potential treatment or just help owners come to terms with a poor prognosis. The cases below have all been seen here and been reported by VetCT.

CT Cases 3

Case 1
Signalment: 10 month entire female English Bull dog

History: Acute onset right forelimb lameness, minimal response to conservative management

Differential diagnosis: elbow dysplasia, soft tissue injury, neoplasia (less likely)

Question for CT: What is the cause of forelimb lameness?

Area scanned: Right and left elbow

VetCT diagnosis: Right medial coronoid disease. Multiple coronoid tip fragments and diffuse sclerosis.

Vet CT report - click here
Case 2
Signalment: 9 year old neutered female English Springer Spaniel

History: Thoracolumbar pain after a traumatic event. Four days later, marked bilateral hind limb paresis.

Differential diagnosis: disc disease, spinal fracture or luxation

Question for CT: What is the cause of thoracolumbar pain?

Area scanned:  T3 to sacrum with contrast

VetCT diagnosis: T11-T12 subluxation with spinal cord compression

Vet CT report - click here
Case 3
Signalment: 14 year old neutered female Staffordshire Bull Terrier

History: On long term mavacoxib and tramadol for chronic arthritic disease. Regenerative anaemia with a packed cell volume of 19%.

Differential diagnosis:  haemorrhage from organ, tumour or blood vessel.

Question for CT: Is there neoplasia in particular a splenic mass present?

Area scanned: Abdomen  with contrast

VetCT diagnosis:  Focal gastric ulceration or erosion with regional gastritis or mural neoplasia. Most likely gastrointestinal bleeding due to NSAID use.

Vet CT report - click here

To see more case examples and to find out more about VetCT visit the website. To refer a patient for CT please use our online referral form. If you have any further questions or wish to discuss a potential case for CT call on 01626 367972.


Founded in 2009, VetCT provides specialist telemedicine services for veterinarians all over
the world. Expert reports for radiographs (X-rays), MRI and CT scans are delivered with a
guaranteed rapid turnaround time. VetCT also provides specialist telemedicine advice and
offers 3D printing for veterinary applications. The company operates from three bases: one
in the UK, one in the USA, and the other in Australia, to provide 24-hour continuous service
to their veterinary clients. The high quality reporting service coupled with the company’s
unique educational approach sets them apart from others in this field. Learn more at