Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Hot Zoo Technology

PostedJuly 15, 2005

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The latest technology in zoo medicine is a heat-imaging camera.  Scott Willard, of the University of Mississippi, says it can detect animals' injuries or illnesses without laying a hand on them.  Feel a throbbing wound or a feverish child's head and it's obvious that heat can signal infection.  But it would be good if you didn't have to catch a cheetah to take its temperature.  Willard's cameras are recording normal body heat maps for various animals.  With that, docs could spot abnormalities—or maybe even a panda pregnancy—from a distance.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.