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 - Wet-chemical and electronic labs are located on either side of the surgical suite. The 200-sq-ft wet lab is equipped with a refrigerator/freezer for storage of compounds, an analytical balance, and a centrifuge. The 200 sq ft electronic lab, which includes RF oscilloscopes and a network analyzer, is well equipped for coil design and spectrometer modification.

Computers, Data Storage, and Internet
Computational Software
Data Archival and Backup

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Small-Animal MR Imaging Facility Scheduler