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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Gorillas Recovering After SARS-CoV-2 Diagnosis


San Diego Zoo Safari Park - The CZS Radiology Consulting Service was able to support San Diego Zoo Safari Park veterinarians while they provided treatment for their western lowland gorilla troop during an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus

Niabi Monkey Undergoes Groundbreaking Surgery

Dispatch-Argus - A first-of-its-kind surgery has been performed on a monkey at Niabi Zoo by a Moline doctor and the zoo's house veterinarian. Niabi’s veterinarian, Dr. Lauren Hughes, consulted a pathologist to confirm the diagnosis, then colleagues with the Chicago Zoological Society to perform an ultrasound and CT scan in early March at Brookfield Zoo’s Animal Hospital in Chicago.

Binder Park Zoo Tortoises Receives CT Scan at Brookfield Zoo

thumbnail_image009.pngBinder Park Zoo - One of Binder Park Zoo's oldest and largest residents, Al the Aldabra giant tortoise recently took a road trip to Brookfield Zoo. The zoo’s vet staff had noticed issues with his front leg.

thumbnail_image009.pngBattle Creek Enquirer - Zookeper Kelsey Miller crouched down and gave her pal Al a scratch on the neck. The Aldabra giant tortoise stretched out like a brachiosaurus reaching for food in the treetops and then let out a low-pitched groan of satisfaction. Estimated to be 80-years-old, Al came to Binder Park Zoo in 1984, making him both the oldest and longest-tenured animal at the park.

New Ultrasound Method for Dolphin Pregnancies

thumbnail_image009.pngNational Marine Mammal Foundation - The NMMF has just released its most recent advancement in dolphin medicine - an ultrasound technique for pregnant dolphins that mirrors the technique used for humans...To develop the technique, veterinarians followed 16 healthy pregnancies of dolphins in human care and determined normal findings for both the fetus and placenta. The Chicago Zoological Society’s radiologist, Dr. Marina Ivančić, collaborated on the project.

thumbnail_image009.pngBioTechniques - A novel technique allows researchers to ultrasound dolphins in the same way as humans, which may contribute to increased reproductive success. The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill resulted in large-scale oil contamination of the northern Gulf of Mexico and consequentially caused long-term health effects and reduced reproductive success in the population of bottlenose dolphins in the area...

thumbnail_image009.pngScience Daily - Ultrasound has been used for decades to study dolphin health and much of that work has been pioneered by veterinarians at the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF). But in a groundbreaking study just published in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, scientists have developed a new ultrasound technique for evaluating dolphin fetuses at all stages of gestation.

PubMed - Reproductive success is vital in sustaining free-ranging and managed bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) populations. Ultrasonography is an invaluable, non-invasive tool in assessing the fetomaternal unit in humans and animals, including dolphins and horses. The purpose of this prospective longitudinal cohort study was to develop a protocol for fetomaternal ultrasonographic monitoring in dolphins and to report normal measurements and descriptive findings correlated with a positive outcome.

Brookfield Zoo Gets Largest, Most Advanced CT Scanner of Any Zoo

thumbnail_image005.png Chicago Tribune - Used medical equipment from La Grange Memorial and Hinsdale hospitals has found a good home at Brookfield Zoo. Bears, gorillas and dolphins can get CT scans in a much shorter period of time, thanks to the donation of a CT scanner.

thumbnail_image005.pngLaGrange Patch - The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is now home to the world's most advanced medical diagnostic imaging suite with the addition of a new CT scanner and C-arm fluoroscopy unit. Donated by AMITA Health Adventist Medical Centers, Hinsdale and La Grange, the equipment further enhances the already world-class Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Imaging Suite located at the zoo's Animal Hospital.

Layla the Rhinoceros Receives First-Ever CT Scan

thumbnail_image009.pngChicago Tribune - The forklift in the rhino enclosure and the team of at least 40 people around it were some of the signs that Tuesday was not a normal day at Brookfield Zoo. So was the bellow that came from the general direction of Layla, the zoo’s 7 1/2-year-old eastern black rhinoceros with profound dental issues. That noise, Dr. Michael Adkesson, the zoo’s vice president of clinical medicine, confirmed, was the tranquilizer dart striking the animal in a leg...

thumbnail_image009.pngNBC5 - In April, the 7-year-old became the first rhino ever to get a CT scan due to a nasal blockage. The 2,300-pound animal went in for another scan Tuesday. 

thumbnail_image009.pngWGN - Here's how Brookfield Zoo managed to give Layla, an endangered rhinocerous, a CT scan in a fight for her life. 

Polar Bear Receives CT Scan

thumbnail_image009.pngChicago Tribune - Of course there was duct tape. Amid the precise administration of anesthetics, the heart-rate monitoring and the many other cautious scientific preparations involved in getting a polar bear into a CAT-scan machine at Brookfield Zoo Tuesday, it came down to good old duct tape (laid over cloth strapping) to hold the animal in place so that detailed images could be made of its innards.

thumbnail_image009.pngABC7 - A 12-year-old polar bear at the Brookfield Zoo got an extra-special check-up this week when he received his first CT Scan. The Chicago Zoological Society veterinary and animal care staff were able to fit Hudson, a 1,000 pound male polar bear, into the machine thanks to a new table designed to hold animals up to 2,200 pounds.

CZS Adds Radiology Consulting Service and Full-Time Radiologist to Staff (June 2017)

thumbnail_image005.pngAmerican College of Veterinary Radiology - Dr. Marina Ivančić, veterinary radiologist for the Chicago Zoological Society, performs an ulatrasound of one of Brookfield Zoo's bottlenose dolphins. The Chicago Zoological Society's Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo ever to hire an on-staff, board-certified veterinary radiologist.

thumbnail_image007.pngChicago Tribune - Today’s patient has 2-inch fangs, a glossy golden-brown coat and a triangular, petal-pink nose. Dongwa the clouded leopard lies fully anesthetized in the CT scanner, his tongue lolling, as Brookfield Zoo radiologist Marina Ivancic scrolls through the 3-D rendering of his insides on her computer screen.

thumbnail_image009.pngAmerican Veterinary Medical Association - Brookfield Zoo is the only zoo in the United States to have a full-time, board-certified veterinary radiologist. Last year, Dr. Marina Ivančić joined the Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the zoo, to provide expertise at Brookfield and offer a consulting service for other zoos.

thumbnail_image005.pngRadiological Society of North America - On a blustery January morning at the Brookfield Zoo, all is quiet inside the world-renowned zoo’s 20,000 square-foot animal hospital. The beds are empty, save one where doctors are spaying a female rabbit. But with approximately 3,500 animals in their care, members of the zoo’s veterinary team are well aware that the situation could change at any moment.

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