Radiographic evaluation of the skull and thorax is challenging in veterinary medicine, increasingly so with smaller patient size. The continued advancement in exotic pet medicine combined with the increasingly rising standards of veterinary care provided to these species make advanced imaging, especially computed tomography (CT), an integral part of these standards. HD-high resolution CT in an exotic pet specialty hospital was used to evaluate the body of several species of small mammals and was compared with traditional radiographs. The increased observance of pathology, both clinical and sub-clinical, has led to this practice recommending CT over radiographs in most cases.
In this session, the clinical details including comparative imaging results of several rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, and sugar gliders, will be presented with an emphasis on cases where CT findings altered the course of the case when compared to physical examination, radiographic results and lab tests alone. CNS and peripheral neurologic diseases, otic, cardiovascular disease and pulmonary disease cases will be presented. Small exotic mammalian whole body high definition CT scans provide a wealth of information in clinical practice allowing more accurate diagnosis and treatment that in turn leads to improved outcomes and patient care, improved client compliance and improved client satisfaction.