Our state-of-the-art facility was designed to provide the highest quality care for our patients. NEVOG’s capabilities include:
- On-site radiation therapy
- A CT scanner (also called a “CAT” Scanner)
- Full service chemotherapy delivery
GE LXi Pro-Speed CT Scanner
Our goal at NEVOG is to provide your pet with the best care and state-of-the-art diagnostic tools available. CT (or computerized tomography) scans are a non-invasive, integral component of the diagnostic equation, providing veterinarians with sophisticated cross-sectional, three-dimensional images of specific areas of the internal body that exceed the parameters of conventional X-rays. CT is also used for radiation planning in order to simulate the radiation set up and dose based on the density of the tissues. This allows very specific dose distribution to the treatment area while minimizing the normal tissues.
NEVOG’s GE LXi Pro-Speed CT Scanner, a doughnut shaped machine with a 70 cm opening to accommodate larger patients, also scans more rapidly so that patients require less anesthesia for the procedure. In many cases CT scans enable the doctor to accurately diagnose disease and select appropriate treatment plans, and may be used intermittently throughout the course of treatment to monitor progress.
With radiation one of the many components used to treat cancer, the Varian 21EX is NEVOG’s linear accelerator (sometimes known as a LINAC) used for this purpose.
Delivering more intense energy radiation than that found in a CT scanner, which NEVOG also uses to obtain high resolution images of the disease and its location, the linear accelerator controls and directs radiation for maximum beneficial impact to the treatment area.
Because cancer cells mutate so that they continue to replicate disproportionately, even when not needed, they eventually interfere with normal tissue and organ function, replacing healthy cells. Radiation from the Varian 21EX is employed to bombard affected tissue and kill the cancer cells, which are characteristically more susceptible to radiation than normal cells.
The Varian 21EX provides both high energy X-rays at 6MV which deposit energy deep inside the patient, or high energy negatively charged particles: electrons which deposit energy on or near the skin surface of the patient, depending on the location of the cancerous tissue. The radiation oncologist uses her skills to maximize damage to the cancerous tissue while minimizing impact on healthy tissue.