Computerized tomography (CT) is a diagnostic technique known for human use dated back to the early 1970's. With the use of a x-ray tube, a x-ray detector (x-ray camera) and a computer, it is possible to create pictures of multiple, thin, transverse sections of a patient's body. In CT-scanning many axial (cross-sectional) two-dimensional images are reconstructed by computer analysis of transmitted x-ray intensity. This results in a focused, detailed view of the region of interest at the patient.
The GNI Veterinary CT-scanner is delivered with a X-ray cabinet, and therefore the veterinarian can stay close to the animal while CT-scanning and the veterinarian should not secure a special room in regard to radiation. The X-ray cabinet can unassembled pass through a standard office door in two parts, and is therefore easy installed in a room at the veterinary clinic.
The GNI Veterinary CT-scanner is also delivered with a rechargeable power supply unit, which makes it possible to install the GNI Veterinary CT-scanner without any special requirements to the power outlet in the veterinary clinic.
The anesthetized animal is placed on the mobile patient table with supply of oxygen, C02 monitoring, heart-rate monitoring etc. The animal will be supported and fixed to lie in the correct position on the mobile patient table. After this, the animal on the patient table is moved into the CT-scanner and the interlock function is activated. Now the CT-scanner is ready to perform a CT-scan of the animal.
When the CT-scanning is finished, the patient table will be removed from the CT-scanner, and the animal will stay anesthetized if the diagnostic concludes a surgery. Otherwise the animal will be placed in a safe place for wake up.
Inside the X-ray cabinet all the X-ray equiptment is placed, and when the CT-scanning is performed, the computer hardware and software is performing the reconstruction which results in the CT-slices. The CT-slices will by visualized on the monitor shortly after the CT-scanning is performed and the veterinarian will then be able to do the final diagnostics.
The GNI Veterinary CT-scanner is able to CT-scan animals with a weight up to 100 kg.