Our customers use UltraLinq’s ultrasound image management system all over the world in numerous ways, but one of our more unique use cases is that of the Great Ape Heart Project. In their pursuit of the research and understanding of great ape cardiac health, they use ultrasound and UltraLinq to image, interpret, and share their research worldwide.
Getting a 400lb gorilla to sit still for an echocardiogram is no easy feat, but much like humans, their penchant for heart disease and cardiac related health complications make it a necessary endeavor.
For our Spring Client Highlight we sat down with Dr. Marietta Danforth of the Great Ape Heart Project, based at Zoo Atlanta, to figure out how many bananas one echo usually takes.
The Great Ape Heart Project (GAHP) is a collaboration of experts, research specialists, and cardiologists who evaluate the best diagnostic approaches to treat and prevent cardiac disease in chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death of great apes. GAHP began using UltraLinq in March 2016 to better assess the treatment of cardiac disease in great apes. As is the challenge with other non-humans, great apes are unable to communicate their symptoms, like shortness of breath or dizziness. This is why frequent scanning plays a vital role in their health evaluations. GAHP uses UltraLinq’s ultrasound image management solution to store images and easily compare previous exams, helping their physicians monitor and even prevent the development of cardiac disease.
The use of UltraLinq as their cloud-based image management system also allows their research to be shared and studied globally, which is crucial in the expansion of their mission. According to Dr. Danforth, “We are a research program, as well as a support network, not only for zoos across the United States but worldwide. Cardiologists, both human and veterinary, along with research experts, work together to figure out the best diagnostic approaches in the care of great apes.”
To learn more about the Great Ape Heart Project and the great work they do visit them at greatapeheartproject.org