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Our Specialized Technology

Intraoperative Imaging

We use a C-arm X-ray imaging right in our operating rooms. This system allows us to treat many bone fractures with minimally invasive methods.

Arthroscopic Surgery

​Using an arthroscope (a small, less than 3mm, fiberoptic tube) we can examine, diagnose, and treat damage inside of the joint. This often avoids the need to open the joint up with a traditional surgical incision. This minimally invasive procedure is used for a variety of conditions of the elbow, shoulder, knee, and hip joints.

High-Speed CT Scanner

We use a computed tomography scanner to produce highly detailed images of the musculoskeletal system not possible with X-rays. Unlike some CT scanners typically found in a veterinary setting, the high speed of our unit's image acquisition allows us to perform scans on an outpatient basis using only short-acting sedation, rather than general anesthesia. Increased speed also means increased efficiency, so the cost is exceptionally affordable.

3-D Imaging

We make frequent use of our CT scanner's ability to generate 3-D images of the body's injured or diseased structure. This feature can improve the understanding of the condition and fine tune treatment choices.

Rehearsal Surgery

We have the ability to generate life-size, 3-D skeletal models of our patients using data from their CT scan. This model is used in the preoperative planning for treatment of complex skeletal deformities. Our team uses the models to plan and actually perform rehearsal procedures prior to conducting the actual procedure on the patient. This means less time in surgery, more surgical precision, and improved patient outcomes.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to make highly detailed images of the musculoskeletal system and can often give us information about the soft tissues (muscle, ligament, and tendon) that other imaging methods cannot reveal.

High-Quality Orthopaedic Implants

Did you know that not all surgical implants are of the same quality? We believe that using high-quality implants helps us deliver high-quality results. You won't find us cutting corners by using implants of second-rate quality. For more information about how this technology can help your pet, visit Synthes Vet.

Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

Phone:
​(970) 297-4477

Fax:
(970) 297-1205

Appointments:
(970) 297-4477
 
Veterinarian Consult Line:
(970) 297-4265​