Green Iguana blood supply with BriteVu

Green Iguana blood supply with BriteVu

The green iguana (Iguana iguana) is a common herbivorous lizard found throughout South and Central America,Mexico and the Caribbean.  Recently, this species has become invasive in the southeast United States primarily in south Texas and Florida.  Iguanas are also commonly kept as pets.  As prevalent as these species are in the wild and in captivity, essential anatomic information is still lacking. The ARCIVES project falls under the One Health Initiative at Midwestern University and was established to study vertebrate anatomy. …

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Veiled Chameleon Blood Supply Courtesy of BriteVu

Veiled Chameleon Blood Supply Courtesy of BriteVu

Veiled chameleon perfused with BriteVu showing the blood supply throughout the body! The veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is a beautiful and strange lizard from the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen and Saudi Arabia). Between the independently moving eyes, long sticky tongue, ability to camouflage and overall strange appearance, chameleons seem like aliens. However, they are highly adapted to their environments and successful insect predators.  The veiled chameleon has even become invasive in Maui, Hawaii and Florida.  This is likely because these chameleons…

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Bearded dragon anatomy as seen with BriteVu

Bearded dragon anatomy as seen with BriteVu

The inland bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) lives in the arid to semi-arid regions of central to central-east Australia. Bearded dragons are common pets.  This is in part because of their docile behavior.  Captive bearded dragons are commonly affected by infectious diseases (such as agamid adenovirus), inbreeding and husbandry issues that lead to a variety of medical problems.  Considering how popular beardies are as pets, there is surprisingly limited anatomic information on this species. BriteVu and BriteVu Enhancer, used in this…

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Red eared slider blood supply seen with BriteVu!!

Red eared slider blood supply seen with BriteVu!!

Red eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) contrast perfused with BriteVu.  Both the respiratory and vascular systems were being studied in this turtle.  A new protocol using BriteVu and BriteVu Enhancer was used perform a complete perfusion of the vasculature down to the capillaries.  This was a contract study performed in conjunction with Scarlet Imaging.  The composite image highlights both the internal (within the shell) and external vasculature.  The CT was taken with the Epica Vimago system at 200µm.  Individual organs can be…

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American alligator with BriteVu- our new contrast agent.

American alligator with BriteVu- our new contrast agent.

American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) contrast perfused with Scarlet Imaging’s new contrast agent BriteVu.  Both the respiratory and vascular systems were being studied in this alligator.  A new protocol using BriteVu  and BriteVu Enhancer was used perform a complete perfusion of the vasculature down to the capillaries. This was a contract study performed in conjunction with Scarlet Imaging. The CT was taken with the Epica Vimago system at 200µm. Individual organs can be removed for more detailed CT scanning, histology, etc. The…

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Mojave Rattlesnake with BriteVu

Mojave Rattlesnake with BriteVu

Mojave rattlesnake perfused with BriteVu.  The vascular perfusion was complete and enables visualization of the entire body with a CT scan (100µm slice thickness).  Just behind each eye on the sides of the head one can see the vascular network associated with the venom glands.  Imaging done using the Anatomage Invivo5 software.  For more information, visit www.Anatomage.com or email info@anatomage.com. #ScarletImaging #BriteVu Select Mojave Rattlesnake to see the video.

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Ball Python Kidney Perfused with BriteVu

Ball Python Kidney Perfused with BriteVu

Ball python (Python regius) kidney perfused with BriteVu Mouse.  The ball python kidney blood supply is beautifully shown with the aid of BriteVu contrast and a CAT scan (Siemens Inveon micro CT scanner 50 µm ‘slice thickness’).  The paired renal artery and vein are seen along with the smaller vasculature along the elongated kidney typical of snakes.  BriteVu brings large and small vascular anatomy to life in ways that have never been seen before.  This creates new learning and teaching…

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Ball Python Head Perfused with BriteVu

Ball Python Head Perfused with BriteVu

Ball python (Python regius) head.  The python was perfused with BriteVu plus 2% Dawn Ultra dish soap. A Siemens Inveon micro CT scanner (50 µm ‘slice thickness’) was used to obtain the images.  False color was added to this lateral (side) image of the head.  Note the small vessels exiting the ‘heat pits’ on the side of the upper jaw in front of (rostral to) the eye ring.  These pits are believed to be used for infrared sensing.  The degree of…

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Argentine Black and White Tegu Head perfused with BriteVu

Argentine Black and White Tegu Head perfused with BriteVu

Argentine black and white tegu BriteVu arteriovenogram of the head. Courtesy of Dr Colleen Farmer, Department of Biology, University of Utah. This is a ventral (underside) view of the skull showing all of the blood vessels.  Notice the rich blood supply around the powerful lower jaws (mandibles). The tongue can be seen coursing out of the tip of the snout (and aimed toward the top of the picture).   BriteVu was used in the perfusion process. These are 100 µm CT scan slices.

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Argentine B&W Tegu BriteVu Perfusion of Head

Argentine B&W Tegu BriteVu Perfusion of Head

Argentine black and white tegu BriteVu arteriovenogram of the head. Courtesy of Dr Colleen Farmer, Department of Biology, University of Utah. The vasculature is seen all the way to the tip of the tongue. There are several interesting anatomic features of this animal including a radiating vascular ring inside both nares.  This is a lateral view of the head.

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