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CT Cases - February 2020

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 4

Case 1– Ventral Neck Mass
Signalment: 9 year old male neutered crossbreed

History: right-sided ventral neck mass, FNA inconclusive

Differential diagnosis: foreign body, neoplasia, granuloma, sialocoele

Question for CT: what is the extent of the mass and what is it likely to be? Is surgical excision possible?

Area scanned: C1 to T2 with contrast

VetCT diagnosis: Suspect right thyroid carcinoma.

Vet CT report - click here
Case 2– Migrating foreign body
Signalment: 1 year 4 month old male neutered English Springer Spaniel

History: Pneumonia 6 months previously, recent discharging tract left lateral thorax.

Differential diagnosis: foreign body (fb), neoplasia, abscess

Question for CT: Is there a foreign body present, what is the path of migration?

Area scanned:  Thorax with contrast

VetCT diagnosis: Suspected left cranial lung lobe bronchial fb tract. Cellulitis of left 7th intercostal and external thoracic soft tissues. 0.5 cm hypoattenuating linear region, which may represent a migrated fb.

Vet CT report - click here
Case 3– Salivary Gland Disease
Signalment: 11 year 9 month old female neutered Basset Hound

History: Sudden onset swelling below right eye

Differential diagnosis:  abscess, salivary gland pathology, dental disease

Question for CT: What is the cause of swelling?

Area scanned: Head

VetCT diagnosis:  Mass of the right zygomatic salivary gland: sialadenitis, neoplasia such as carcinoma (less likely round cell tumour), sialocoele

Vet CT report - click here
Case 4– Discospondylitis
Signalment: 1 year 1 month old entire male Spaniel

History: diarrhoea, lumbosacral pain, reluctance for hip extension, lethargy

Differential diagnosis:  neoplasia, IVDD, inflammatory lesion

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

Area scanned: T3 to sacrum, pelvis

VetCT diagnosis: Discospondylitis L7 - S1, hip dysplasia

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
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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
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