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Slide Show: Gorilla Gets a Brain Scan

A western lowland gorilla living at the Bronx Zoo gets an on-site MRI

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GORILLA GOOD TO GO

Patrick Kelly, founder of the Brain Tumor Foundation [ top ], and Calle [ bottom ] examine Fubo's MRI image on the mobile unit's control room monitor. "[The scan] clearly demonstrates that there was no tumor and nothing that could be fixed with a surgical procedure," Calle says.....[ More ]

WHAT THE SCAN REVEALS

Daniel Jusza [ foreground ], operations manager for the MRI-on-wheels, examines Fubo's scan with technologist Daniel Genovese [ middle ] and WCS Veterinarian Jason Berg. The scan reveals atrophy in Fubo's left temporal lobe, a region of the brain involved in memory, along with visual and auditory processing.....[ More ]

FUBO IN THE TUBE

WCS veterinarians and technicians from the Brain Tumor Foundation and other groups perform an MRI on Fubo. The team was able get the gorilla's head inside the machine's magnetic tube by gently squeezing his shoulders.....[ More ]

GORILLA GOES UNDER

Bronx Zoo veterinarian Stephanie James holds Fubo's breathing tube steady as he is transported to the Bobby Murcer Mobile MRI Unit. The tube delivered anesthesia and oxygen throughout the procedure, according to Paul Calle, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Zoological Health Program.....[ More ]

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