At Brighton Veterinary Referrals we are delighted to be able to offer an outpatient CT service using our on-site 16-slice GE Lightspeed CT scanner. CT is the diagnostic imaging modality of choice for many diseases as it uses x-rays to produce a highly detailed 3D image superior to traditional 2D x-rays.

Referrals are seen by our resident vet Faye Kormpou, who is happy to accept CT referrals for orthopaedic problems (bones and joints), as well as abdominal conditions. Patients requiring thoracic CT should be seen via our cardio-respiratory service so they can be assessed by our cardio-respiratory specialist, Gavin McAulay.

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Conditions where CT can be particularly useful include:

  • Assessment of dental disease
  • Pre-surgical evaluation of fracture patients
  • Pre-surgical evaluation of soft tissue patients
  • Investigation of orthopaedic conditions: elbows, shoulders, stifles, hips and spine
  • Screening for metastatic disease and staging of oncology (cancer) patients
  • Imaging-guided and ultrasound-guided biopsies of diseased organs
  • Screening for migrating foreign bodies
  • Investigation of respiratory disease

CT offers many advantages over traditional radiography. CT can be particularly useful in assessment of joint disease (specifically elbow and shoulder disease) assessing some spinal conditions (e.g. discospondylitis) and growth deformities. CT is also helpful for investigating advanced dental disease and assessing skull and limb fractures prior to repair.

Patients with neurological symptoms may benefit from assessment with a neurologist and MRI may be the preferred modality for some neurological conditions.

All our CT studies are assessed and reported by Diagnostic Imaging Specialists from VetCT. Each report will include a description of all abnormalities and a list of likely differential diagnoses along with suggestions for any further investigation. Results are typically reported in 72 hours at which point they are forward to the referring vet. Clients should be aware that specific advice will not be given on discharge as the CT will not have been fully interpreted at this point.

Refer a Patient

For routine referrals your vet will need to fill in our online referrals form and we we’ll contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

Outpatient CT cases should be systemically well, suitable for sedation or anaesthesia and not require intervention.

We encourage imaging of specific body regions and imaging of multiple regions incurs additional costs.

Please feel free to contact us on 01273 540 430 to discuss referral of specific cases and estimates.


Advice for Owners

It’s common for local vets to refer their patients to us to take advantage of our expertise and state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services.

If you’re a client of New Priory Vets Brighton or Peacehaven clinics we can organise a CT scan directly via an appointment with any of our vets.

Please be aware that CT scans produce a set of highly detailed images that take up to 3 working days to fully interpret. The results will be sent to your vet as soon as they are available.

If your pet has been referred to us for a CT scan, please see our FAQs to find out more about what to expect when you visit us.