TeraRecon and WhiteClouds Provide 3D Print for Rhinoceros Surgery at Chicago Zoo

by TeraRecon, on May 17, 2018 9:34:26 AM

CHICAGO, May 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In preparation for a recent surgery on rhinoceros, Layla, at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois, medical imaging software provider, TeraRecon, and 3D Printing manufacturer, WhiteClouds utilized their technologies to help veterinary surgeons prepare.  Layla is a 2,300lb., 7-year-old Eastern Black Rhinoceros with an impacted molar tooth and associated sinus infection that were causing life-threatening complications in her ability to breathe.  A recent CT scan at the zoo was the first of its kind and revealed the need for surgical intervention.  Using the imaging data from the CT Scan, a 3D computer reconstruction was made and a printed model of Layla’s anatomy was produced for surgical planning. 

TeraRecon’s advanced medical image processing solutions are utilized in human medical imaging in the global healthcare market.  Their 3D reconstructions of medical imaging scans can be sent to 3D printers producing prints with incredible detail and realism.

The giant model was donated by TeraRecon and printing partner, WhiteClouds, which is the largest 3D printing manufacturer in the world.  WhiteClouds’ unique “hinge-and-slice” technique was applied to the Rhinoceros model to allow surgeons easy, fan-like visualization of the region of interest. 


Jerry Ropelato, CEO of WhiteClouds, shared, “We continue to see growing interest in the impact of 3D printing in veterinary medicine.  As we now provide prints to the veterinary community, we are excited to extend into the zoological space and participate in such a significant, first-of-kind effort for Layla.”

The first of two planned surgeries successfully occurred on Monday, May 7th and Layla’s impacted tooth was removed, along with part of the infected tissue obstructing her sinus. Dr. Michael Adkesson, Vice President of Clinical Medicine for the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo said, “Layla is recovering well from the first surgery that was very successful due to the thorough preparation and surgical planning by our team that was enabled by the 3D printed model.  We greatly appreciate the partnership of TeraRecon and WhiteClouds to help this surgery go as smoothly and quickly as possible, creating an optimal outcome for Layla.”

TeraRecon President and CEO, Jeff Sorenson, stated, “The TeraRecon family is thrilled to support the amazing work of the surgeons and clinical care team at Brookfield Zoo.”

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1. Chicago Zoological Society’s veterinary staff prepare Layla, a 7½-year-old eastern black rhinoceros, to receive a CT scan inside Brookfield Zoo’s Pachyderm House. The images from the scan provided diagnostic results that helped determine the best course of action in treating an infection in Layla’s nasal passageway. NeuroLogica, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, generously donated the use of its BodyTom®, the world’s first battery-powered, portable, 32-slice CT scanner, for the procedure. In addition, technicians from NeuroLogica and a physicist from Sound Technologies donated their services to set up and operate the machine.

2. Dr. Michael Adkesson, vice president of clinical medicine for the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) and Dr. Marina Ivančić, a board-certified veterinary radiologist for CZS, compare a CT scan image taken on April 19 (left) and another on May 15 of Layla, an eastern black rhinoceros. The 2,300-pound 7½-year-old pachyderm is being treated for an infection in her nasal passageway.

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About TeraRecon (www.terarecon.com) TeraRecon is a leader in advanced visualization, image viewing and post-processing. Our flagship product, iNtuition, consistently leads the advanced visualization category of the industry’s leading independent technology analyst. We are committed to redefining advanced visualization by leveraging artificial intelligence, and to improving radiology workflow through personalized automation features that increase efficiency.

About WhiteClouds (www.whiteclouds.com)  WhiteClouds accelerates businesses and innovators who aim to provide personalized end-use products to their customers.  As the industry leading provider of 3D printing services, we use multiple technologies, software, and scalable processes to create interactive, dynamic, and progressive models.  WhiteClouds advances tomorrow’s businesses through our software and scalable production – offering personalized and customized product options at a faster pace and greater quality than ever before. 

Photos By Kelly Tone and Jim Schulz of the Chicago Zoological Society.