VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center

CT scan (brain, bullae, skull, spine)

CT machines produce a thin fan of radiation that is beamed through the body.  This fan or radiation "slice" is received by detectors in the machine.  The amount of radiation beamed through the body and picked up by the detectors on the other side will be affected by the density of the body parts in between.  The CT scanner takes several views of each part and then reconstructs the "slices" into a 3D image for viewing.

Bone imaging and the elimination of overlap are the main advantages of CT. Some areas of the body are hard to see with traditional radiographs (X-rays) or ultrasound, such as when one organ is located on top of another or a body area of interest lies beneath bone, such as the brain.  In these cases, tomographic, or slice, images can allow veterinarians to visualize what lies beneath.   CT is extremely useful to diagnose particular forms of elbow dysplasia, as it eliminates the overlap of the affected structures, which can be confusing on radiographs (X-rays). 

CT can be used to image the skull and spine, assessing these complex structures for fractures, tumors or infection.  Because of the speed of modern scanners, there are also a number of specialized studies that can be done to help diagnose abnormalities of the blood vessels of the liver and lungs, and to help look at blood vessels associated with cancerous tumors.  CT scans are preferred for the imaging of many types of cancer and are most commonly used to assess cancer of the nose.  These scans are also useful when analyzing a complex skeletal structure, such as the skull or spine and in assessing the lungs and areas of the abdomen.


Cardiology, Dentistry, Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Surgery

General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital & Referral Center

9901 Montgomery NE

Albuquerque, NM  87111

505 296-2982

In Case of Emergency......

1.  Remain Calm.

2.  Call Your Family Veterinarian First.  If they are unavailable, call us at 505 296-2982.

3.  Tell us the nature of the problem.  We will give you instructions on how to handle your pet while enroute and give you directions to our hospital.

What is an Emergency?

Difficulty breathing

Unstoppable bleeding

Major trauma or injury


Inability to urinate or defecate


Bloated or distended abdomen

Allergic reactions

Loss of balance, unconsciousness, or seizure

Eye injuries

Inability to deliver puppies or kittens