Turtles get CT scans at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center

By on June 3, 2018

The loggerhead turtle is being treated at the STAR Center for a head injury. 

A stretchy wrap keeps a green sea turtle still.

Sea turtles from the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island recently received Computed Tomography scans, better known as CT scans, at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City.

A loggerhead who suffered from a head wound and two green sea turtles both diagnosed with cold-stunning received the scans on May 3 and 17.

“We are excited for the opportunity to assist in the great work of the North Carolina Aquarium,” said Heidi Ambrose, Director of Patient Care Services and Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.

“We love welcoming these unique patients to the hospital and providing a service that may help them get back to the wild after recovery,” Ambrose said.

Once the images are processed, N.C. Aquarium veterinarians are better able to develop a treatment plan specifically for the ailments these turtles present with.

Green sea turtle skull.

This allows for a faster recovery time and overall better outlook for the sea turtles.

“We are so fortunate to have an organization like Sentara available to provide this procedure,” said STAR Center Manager Amber White. “The CT technology is a huge asset in the continued treatment of these turtles.”

The aquarium’s STAR Center, operated in partnership with the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, rehabilitates sick and injured sea turtles.

The goal of the program is to rehabilitate then reintroduce the turtles back into the sea.

The center currently houses 13 sea turtles from this winter’s cold stun events and has released dozens more back to the ocean.

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  • dave

    Hey, I’m all for protecting wildlife and the environment, but what the? I’m assuming that they were done free of charge. Gee, I wonder if they give free CT’s to PEOPLE who can’t afford them. CT’s can also lead to “faster recovery time and overall better outlook” for the PEOPLE too!

    Monday, Jun 4 @ 11:40 am

    Thanks Dave, I was wondering the same thing. I am still making payments for a cat scan for my husband from 2 years ago!

    Wednesday, Jun 6 @ 11:50 am