Saturday, September 1, 2007

Zoos Own Giant MRI or CT Scanners

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5100006.html

Houston Chronicle
31 Aug 2007

Zoo always gets this big request

By SALATHEIA BRYANT

[...] But perhaps one of the most unusual and persistent requests comes from physicians, or patients, who hope to borrow the [Houston] zoo's MRI or CT scanners to examine obese people.

It's a long-standing urban legend that zoos have jumbo versions of such equipment to help diagnose illnesses in elephants and other huge creatures. But, to the disappointment of some doctors, zoo officials must tell them they have no such device. [...]