Performing Cardiac Ultrasound Exams (visit page)
Submitting Cardiac Ultrasound Exams (visit page)
GAHP Philips CX50 Portable Ultrasound Unit
If your institution does not have access to a sonographer or to an ultrasound machine, the GAHP has two volunteer sonographers on the project that are willing and able to fly out to zoos in order to assist with exams if the zoos can cover their travel costs. In May 2016, the GAHP purchased two Philips CX50 portable ultrasound units. One is designated for the 2015 IMLS Bonobo project and is kept on site at the Milwaukee County Zoo for use at bonobo-holding institutions. The other machine, which is available for loan for gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees, is located at Zoo Atlanta. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in having one of our sonographers come to your institution.
UltraLinq PACS Server
In March 2016, the GAHP began using an online PACS system (UltraLinq) to review cardiac exam submissions. The PACS system allows us to more thoroughly review DICOM format cardiac exam images than when movie (avi, wmv, mp4) files are submitted.
Practical Guides to Performing Cardiac Ultrasounds:
The GAHP has published a guide to performing echocardiograms in great apes. Please visit the Journal of Zoo and Veterinary Medicine to access the pdf, or email email@example.com for an author’s copy.
Boyd et al (2019):GREAT APE HEART PROJECT GUIDELINES FOR THE ECHOCARDIOGRAPHIC ASSESSMENT OF GREAT APES