Cincinnati Zoo Aardvark Goes to Cincinnati Children's for CT and MRI Scans

Cincinnati Zoo Aardvark Goes to Cincinnati Children's for CT and MRI Scans "Ali" the aardvark from the Cincinnati Zoo received special attention from neighbouring Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) for CT and an MRI scan. The 11-year-old female aardvark was transferred across for computerized axial tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to get a closer look at what might be causing persistent ocular drainage. Radiographs of her head, taken at the Zoo's hospital in early June, showed signs of lysis - or breakdown of the bone - just below her right eye. Zoo veterinarians were able to rule out some possible causes for Ali's symptoms. However, several therapy treatments produced little or no improvement in her condition and it was decided that a more in-depth look at the areas surrounding her eye was necessary to determine the source of the drainage, extent of the bone damage, and to establish the best treatment plan moving forward. So the Zoo asked next-door neighbour Cincinnati Children's to help with the 110-pound aardvark's diagnosis, and, intrigued by the unusual request, the hospital agreed. Ali was anesthetized by Zoo vets who then transported her to Cincinnati Children's, where they were met by a team of radiologists ready to perform scans in an area of the hospital separate from where human patients are treated. Cincinnati Zoo Veterinary Director Mark Campbell, DVM, said: "Standard x-rays don't provide 3-dimensional images of bone. We needed the more advanced imaging capabilities that CT and MRI scans produce in order to see what's really going on in Ali's head." Zoo vets and Cincinnati Children's radiologists reviewed the scans and identified a tooth infection as the source of Ali's problem. The Zoo is grateful to its good neighbuor for providing the personnel, time and equipment that produced a concrete diagnosis for Ali. Thanks to the collaborative effort between neighbouring institutions, the Zo - Cincinnati, Ohio - Wednesday 22nd July 2015 (2 Pictures)


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