Basics of thoracic computed tomography

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Computed tomography (CT) is an advanced diagnostic imaging technique that produces cross-sectional images of the body, providing superior soft tissue detail compared to conventional radiography. This chapter summarizes an overview of the key indications, patient preparation considerations, and technical principles for performing thoracic CT examinations in veterinary patients. CT excels at characterising diseases affecting the thoracic structures, including the lungs, airways, pleural space, mediastinum, and chest wall. The technique offers sensitivities surpassing radiography for identifying pathological processes and assessing their extent and progression. Proper patient positioning and restraint are imperative to achieve diagnostic-quality images. CT can also guide interventional sampling procedures not feasible under radiographic or ultrasonographic guidance alone.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Thoracic Imaging
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-910443-94-1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Mar 2024


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