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Small-Animal Magnetic Resonance Facility

The Small Animal MR Facility includes a Bruker 9.4-T (400-MHz) MRI system, an Agilent/Varian DirectDrive 4.7-T (200-MHz) MRI system, and an Agilent/Varian DirectDrive 11.74-T (500-MHz) MRI system, all housed in on-grade adjoining suites.  The magnetic field strengths of BMRL scanners are substantially higher than generally encountered in clinical systems, typically 0.5 – 3.0 T.  Advantages of high field are chiefly related to signal-to-noise ratio gains, which translate into improved spatial or temporal resolution for imaging and improved accuracy of resonance amplitude and frequency estimates for spectroscopy.  Immediately adjacent to the MR scanner bays are animal holding and procedure rooms, a wet chemistry lab, an electronics lab and a climate-controlled room holding computer server and data archival devices.

The following links provide additional information about Small-Animal MR Facility resources:

MRI Scanners 
RF Coils
Animal Procedure Support
Wet Chemistry and Electronic Support
Computers, Data Storage, and Internet
Computational Software

Data Archival and Backup The large capacity raid drives (vide supra) are backed up to a 26 TB raid-5 system consisting of fifteen 2 TB hard disks housed in an external cabinet that is controlled by a Highpoint RR4311 PCIe SAS Controller that resides in a dedicated Linux server.

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Small-Animal MR Imaging Facility Scheduler