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Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging

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Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging

Until a few years ago, diagnostic imaging for guinea pigs was limited to radiography (x-rays) and ultrasound. Although these are still very useful and widely used diagnostic tools, there are now far more advanced diagnostic imaging methods, such as Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), that are being more commonly used in guinea pig medicine and can be used to accompany radiography and/or ultrasound, or in some circumstances as a first line diagnostic measure.

A CT scan showing a guinea pig with a tooth abscess
©David Perpiñán

What is Computed Tomography (CT)?

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What conditions are CT and MRI scans most useful for diagnosing?

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Will my guinea pig need sedation/general anaesthesia?

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