VCA Veterinary Referral Associates

CT scan (brain, bullae, skull, spine)

X-ray energy is used in a similar manner to radiography in CT scanning. In CT imaging, the x-ray tube rotates quickly around the patient, within the gantry. The detectors rotate in a synchronized manner, on the opposite side of the gantry, absorbing the x-rays that pass through the patient. Based on the absorbed or detected energy, the computer builds a 3D image of the patient, as a sum of many small volumes (voxels) of data. The whole patient may be thought of as a loaf of bread. Each CT image is a slice of bread that is viewed on the cut surface. The loaf may be sliced in any direction. This modality is ideal for examination of complex body parts (i.e., skull, pelvis, vertebrae) where superimposed, irregularly shaped structures make radiographs challenging to interpret.

CT is ideal for examination of the thorax (chest) and abdomen (belly) for small masses that may not be apparent by routine radiographs or ultrasound exam. CT is helpful for evaluation of the skull and brain in cases of acute head trauma when skull fractures and recent bleeding are a concern. Assessment of the temporomandibular joints, temporal bullae, nasal passages, sinuses, pharynx, larynx, orbit and periorbital structures, maxilla and mandible are common applications of this modality. Identifying the extent of a soft tissue or bone mass for surgery or radiation therapy planning is also done by CT.

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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

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Veterinarian Referral Associates provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 301-926-3300. We are located at 500 Perry Parkway. Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.
 

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