Gorilla Doctors Uses Toshiba Ultrasound to Help Save Endangered Species

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To help save the lives of injured and ill mountain and Grauer’s gorillas and to sustain their populations in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gorilla Doctors is using the ViamoTM ultrasound system, donated by Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. The system is the first in the project’s 26 years to be used on gorillas in the wild, greatly improving the quality of veterinary care.

 “The portability, battery operation, excellent image capability, and ease of use of the Viamo allow our team to image in the field, which requires many hours of trekking up steep terrain and limited examination times,” said Dawn Zimmerman, DVM, MS, regional veterinary manager, Gorilla Doctors. “Using the Viamo, we are able to improve the speed of diagnoses and treatment, helping save wild gorillas from extinction.”

Gorilla Doctors uses the Viamo to evaluate viability (blood supply) of limbs after ensnarement and to conduct cardiac profiles and general abdominal scans, as well as for reproductive assessment. The Viamo is the industry’s only no-compromise laptop ultrasound system with advanced imaging capabilities. It can be used in either laptop or tablet mode with the performance of Toshiba’s larger cart-based systems.

“Toshiba’s ultrasound systems are designed to meet a diverse set of clinical needs, and partnering with Gorilla Doctors has proven diagnostic success in the most rural and challenging of situations,” said Tomohiro Hasegawa, director, Ultrasound Business Unit, Toshiba.