In the fall of 2005 the CFMM took delivery of a brand new 9.4 Tesla, state-of-the-art, high field small animal imaging system, the first of its kind in the world. Driven by a new generation of Varian imaging/spectroscopy console, with three high duty cycle gradient coils, this system offers a wide range of application possibilities.
The 9.4 Tesla Agilent Animal MRI Scanner has a 31 cm Horizontal Bore, 4 transmitters, 4 receivers and upgraded to 16 receivers, and full broad band operation. Driven by a new generation of Agilent imaging/spectroscopy console, and with three high duty cycle gradient coils (21 cm, 12 cm and 6 cm diameter), this system offers a wide range of possibilities.
In the spring of 2018 the system was upgraded to Bruker Avance MRI III console with software package of Paravision-6 (Bruker BioSpin Corp, Billerica, MA), with 2 transmitters, and 8 receivers. A high performance 15-cm gradient coil set of 450mT/m strength was also installed.
A large suite of RF coils for a variety of applications and animals are consistently monitored throughout the imaging session. Standard physiologic monitoring includes : respiration rate, heart rate, oxygen saturation and temperature via a controlled feedback warming system.
2. Master-8, the programmable stimulator , is an eight channel general purpose stimulator for nerve and muscle stimulation procedures: 8 independent channels, with repetitive, single, and train outputs. Synchronized to produce complex patterns of pulses. Use some channels to stimulate your preparation, while using other channels to trigger other instruments (oscilloscope, PC, etc.) in synchronization with the stimulation.
3. ISO-Flex, the flexible stimulus isolator , used together with Master-8, with current or voltage modes, bipolar pulses, and adjustable amplitudes.
Projector connected to computer playing movie according to designed task. Camera also provided to monitor animal status.
A few of our Team!
Miranda Bellyou, Animal Care Specialist; Alex Li, MRI Phyicsist