The price of a CT scan is difficult to estimate given the various factor influencing the final cost.
The key to costing is whether the CT scan can be conducted from the veterinary clinic or if the dog needs to be referred elsewhere.
Each veterinary clinic will charge their own fees for imaging and those in busy metropolitan areas are generally more expensive.
How much does a dog CT scan cost?
You should expect to pay around $1000 for a dog CT scan, but remember, you may need to factor the cost of additional treatment such as anaesthesia and consultation fees.
On average, the cost in the UK for a CT scan is £780, but costs can range from £650 to £1000 inclusive of additional treatments.
What does a CT scan on a dog show?
Computed tomography (CT) scans are used to take internal images of a patient, slice by slice. Once the imaging is complete, the individual images form a 3D scan of the area of interest.
These scans are the same as those conducted on humans, but animals must be anaesthetized before the procedure can begin.
CT scans are used to identify areas for treatment or surgery, for instance, a tumour. Surgeons will use CT scans to pinpoint their surgery sites and better plan their surgical procedure.
Veterinarians can also use CT imaging to detect cancerous tumours and determine if there has been any spread of the disease.
Additionally, CT scans may be used to monitor orthopaedic disorders such as hip or elbow dysplasia. This aids in the planning of corrective procedures and suitable treatments.
CT Scan vs MRI
Where CT scans are useful in detecting and monitoring tumours and orthopaedic conditions, MRI scans are better suited for neurological conditions where CT scans would not be helpful.
An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan uses magnets to manipulate the hydrogen molecules present in the dog’s body. Sound waves are then applied, which affect the hydrogen molecules. Disruptions in those waves will show on the imaging and indicate an affected area of the brain or spinal cord.
Like CT scans, dogs must be anesthetised before an MRI scan can be conducted. This is because the procedure requires the dog to lie completely still. The cost of this and other treatment such as blood work is usually included in the cost of the test, which ranges from $1000-$2000.
MRI scans can be used to detect the causes of seizures, sinus infections or growths, causes of paralysis, brain haemorrhage and tumours on the brain or spinal cord.