We are excited to introduce to you Dr. Scott Echols DVM. Dr. Echols is a board certified avian specialists with over 20 years of experience in practice, teaching and research. Dr. Echols is the co-founder of Mobile Avian Surgical Services, founder of Avian Studios and Scarlet Imaging, a frequent author and lecturer and has created educational DVD’s and other videos that have been viewed worldwide.

As you can see from the images, Dr. Echols has been doing fantastic research which started with the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project. The Grey Parrot Anatomy Project aims to create an accurate physical and digital anatomy reference, including a standardized basis for avian anatomy nomenclature, of a commonly kept parrot species, the grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus).

While working on the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project Dr. Echols developed the new contrast agent called BriteVu. BriteVu has enabled Dr. Echols to perform imaging different than anything used up to this point. It has been an incredible break through for anatomy studies of not only the animal world, but human world too.

Dr. Echols operates solely on private donations and we ask that you consider helping out with this innovative project. You can donate on the button below.

For small donations (< $ 250)

For larger donations (> $ 250), please follow these instructions:

Send a check made payable to Department of Bioengineering, to Dion Duffin (see below):

Dion Duffin
Associate Accountant
University of Utah
Bioengineering 3100 SMBB
36 S Wasatch Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Ph: (801) 581-8952
Fax: (801) 585-5361

  • Write a note saying that the funds are for “Hsu R&D Account for avian anatomy project”
  • Also please send and email to Dr. Echols at spotdvm@aol.com so that he can follow-up to make sure the funds ended up in the correct place!

Visit the Scarlet Imaging website for more information.

Visualizing Anatomy Unseen

Modern medicine has reached amazing heights, but even in our own basic anatomy, there are secrets we haven’t quite cracked. For one, as bird veterinarian M. Scott Echols explains, doctors have only a rough idea of where all our veins and capillaries are — and that map is just as vague in animals.

“When you have someone who is a specialist, like a hand surgeon, and they tell you, ‘I don’t actually know where those blood vessels are, I know the big ones’ … that kind of makes me concerned,” he says. “It reminds me kind of a hunt-and-peck mission where you go where you think you know things are, but you’re not quite sure.”

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