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Brookfield Zoo radiologist's patients are feathered, finned and fanged

BROOKFIELD, Ill. _ Today's patient has 2-inch fangs, a glossy golden-brown coat and a triangular, petal-pink nose.

Dongwa the clouded leopard lies fully anesthetized in the CT scanner, his tongue lolling, as Brookfield Zoo radiologist Marina Ivancic scrolls through the 3-D rendering of his insides on her computer screen.

"Right lung, left lung, aorta, liver, gallbladder," she narrates, as she makes the virtual journey through the cat's thoracic cavity and down into his abdomen.

She calls up an image of the 40-pound cat's muscular exterior, and then, with a few quick drags on her computer touchpad, she makes the muscle fall away, and you see the

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