Elucidating the Biology and Biophysics of Small-Animal Model Systems
The Small-Animal Magnetic Resonance Facility in the Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Laboratory (BMRL) has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment found at few laboratories in the world. The Facility houses 4.7-T and 11.74-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems with magnetic field strengths substantially higher than generally encountered in clinical systems. These offer improved spatial or temporal resolution for imaging and improved accuracy of resonance amplitude and frequency estimates for spectroscopy. Peripheral resources include animal holding and procedure rooms, a wet chemistry lab, an electronics lab and a climate-controlled room holding computer server and data archival devices. Experienced BMRL scientists provide a full range of research services, from initial planning and implementation to data collection and analysis. The Small-Animal Magnetic Resonance Facility is a cost-effective way to include preclinical MR imaging and spectroscopy in research.