Guinea pigs, gorillas and a penguin are just some of the animals that have received diagnostic CT scans as part of a collaborative relationship between Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers and the Denver Zoo. The relationship began in 2009 when RMCC had the opportunity to provide Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs with diagnostic imaging services for several of its animals. The veterinarians there then recommended RMCC to the Denver Zoo when it was looking for a community partner.
A Computed Tomography (CT) scan uses a computer and x-rays to provide cross-sectional images of an animal’s tissues and organs. In addition to being used to help diagnose tumors, the scans have been performed to identify neurologic issues, kidney problems and other health concerns. The animals receive the scans in our mobile CT unit and during the test RMCC CT techs work alongside zoo veterinarians and other zoo medical personnel. The scans are painless, non-invasive and carry minimal risks for the animals.