Computed Tomography (CT)

Rossdales’ Computerised Tomography (CT) system can be used to evaluate the head and upper neck and limbs of horses, giving us advanced diagnostic potential in an extensive range of medical, dental and orthopaedic conditions.

CT is a form of x-ray technology that rotates around the patient to create hundreds of extremely detailed 3D images (‘slices’) of the inside of the body. Our specialist vets can use these images to help diagnose a range of conditions and to confirm, or rule out, a suspected diagnosis. The scan is painless and usually takes less than 60 seconds, although it can take much longer to prepare the patient. A general anaesthetic may be necessary, depending on the area of interest and the temperament of the horse or pony, but many animals can be scanned under standing sedation.

A multi-disciplinary approach

Our clinicians will review the horse’s history and results of other tests prior to the scan. In many cases clinicians from several departments will be involved (such as dentistry, neurology and surgery). This multi-disciplinary approach affords the best chance of a successful outcome.

When do we use CT?

Horse undergoing a CT scan of its head

Horse undergoing a CT scan of its head. The horse is standing, under sedation.

Examples of types of injury or conditions suitable for evaluation using CT are:

  • Teeth disorders
  • Sinus problems
  • Traumatic injuries to the head and upper neck
  • Some types of brain disorder
  • Headshaking 
  • Ear, nose and throat conditions
  • Orthopaedic conditions of the limbs
  • Complex fracture evaluation and surgical planning

Our specialist clinicians will discuss with the client and the referring veterinary surgeon the best way to treat and manage the horse or pony to maximise the chance of treating the condition successfully. We can advise referring veterinary practices regarding treatment at home, however many owners and referring vets prefer specialised treatments to be carried out here at Rossdales.



Diagnostic Imaging