Animals Getting Ultrasounds

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Professor Roger Smith uses ultrasound to monitor the progress of an injection of stem cells into the injured foreleg of a racehorse at the Royal Veterinary College north of London. (Ben Hirschler/Reuters)


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An employee does an ultrasound of a female sturgeon at a caviar fish farm in Saint Genis de Saintonge, southwestern France. (Regis Duvignau/Reuters)


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A Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) eats fruit after an ultrasound examination by veterinarian Hanna Vielgrader and animal keeper Nicole Samek at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna. (Herwig Prammer/Reuters)


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Eric Stohr from Cardiff Metropolitan University carries out an ultrasound of the heart on Bali, a 7 meter (23 foot) long reticulated Python snake at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England. (Phil Noble /Reuters)


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Veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader, (center), ultrasounds an endangered hawksbill sea turtle at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida in 2012. The female reptile, laden with eggs, was discovered on a St. Croix, U.S.V.I, just after Tropical Storm Isaac. (Andy Newman/Reuters)


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A veterinarian performs an ultrasound on a female cat shark at the Xcaret ecological park in Cancun. The female gave birth to 18 cat sharks. (Gerardo Garcia/Reuters)


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A sheep awaits ultrasonic examination at the El Alfalfal agricultural facility, some 50 miles southeast of Santiago, Chile. 1,500 sheep were examined as part of an Agriculture Ministry program to optimize and organize the reproductive and productive process in small farms. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)


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German team from the IZW, The Institute of Zoo Wildlife Research in Berlin, perform ultrasound examination to Tamar, a pregnant Israeli elephant at Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo. They found her in good shape in her fifth month of a 22-month gestation. (Cohen Magen/Reuters)


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An ultrasonic image shows an elephant fetus measuring 10.6 cm (4.2 inches) on day 141 of the pregnancy of it's mother Tonga, in Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna. (Tiergarten Schoenbrunn/Reuters)


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Veterinary staff monitor Dylan the Chimpanzee whilst cardiologist Eric Stohr of Cardiff Metropolitan University carries out a cardiac ultrasound examination at Chester Zoo in Liverpool. (Phil Noble /Reuters)


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Biologist Robinson Orozco uses sonographic equipment to determine the sex of a small beluga sturgeon at Sturgeon Aquafarms in Bascom, Florida. In the wild it can take sturgeon 15 to 20 years before they reach sexual maturity and produce roe. In captivity, with the right water temperatures and a specially formulated high-protein diet, it can happen in as little as six or seven years. (Michael Spooneybarger/Reuters)


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Kasha, an Australian Sea Lion, one of the rarest sea lions in the world receives an ultrasound from Taronga Zoo vets as they check the progress of her pregnancey. She receives weekly abdominal ultrasound examinations. Sea lions have a 17.5 month gestation period. (Mark Baker/Reuters)


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British veterinarian Lulu Skidmore, of Kent, checks a female dromedary camel for pregnancy using an ultrasound device at a reproduction centre in the desert 30 km from Dubai. (Chris Helgren/Reuters)


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Geneticists use an ultrasound monitor to check for piglets at a pig farm in Shenzhen. China's population is projected to grow to 1.44 billion by 2030, and Beijing is searching for cutting-edge technology to provide better quality food. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)


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A sheep is released after undergoing an ultrasound at the El Alfalfal facility in Chile. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)


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Keepers move Bali, a 23 foot reticulated Python, from its enclosure ahead of a ultrasound heart examination at Chester Zoo in northern England. (Phil Noble/Reuters)


James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.


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