9.4T MRI (ARA-MBI)

Bruker Biospec 9.4T MRI animal scanner9.4T MRI

The 9.4T animal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system is located at the Alfred Research Alliance-Monash Biomedical Imaging (ARA-MBI) site in Prahran.

This small animal scanner is optimised for rodent and high-resolution sample imaging. The ultra-high magnetic field coupled with rodent cryocoils provides structural and functional images with higher resolution and signal to noise ratio compared with standard MRI.

Benefits of 9.4T MRI

  • Optimised for rodent and high-resolution sample imaging
  • Ultra-high magnetic field coupled with rodent cryocoils provides structural and functional images with higher resolution and signal to noise ratio compared with standard RF coils, along with significant reduction of scan time

Capabilities

  • Small animal imaging
  • Ex vivo samples
  • Image objects as large as 7cm in diameter and as small as 3mm
  • Can image tissues of interest at ultra-high resolution with isotropic resolutions up to 15 um3

Research applications

Functional and anatomical imaging for:9.4T MRI

  • Nervous system
  • Circulatory system including in vivo cardiac imaging
  • Muscular system
  • Skeletal system
  • Renal system
  • Anatomical imaging of ex vivo tissue samples
  • Imaging of plants and materials

9.4T MRI technical specifications

  • Phased array mouse and rat receive only cryoprobes for brain imaging
  • Phased array receive only coils for rat brain imaging
  • Single channel receive only coils for rat and mouse brain imaging
  • Phased array mouse and rat cardiac surface coils for heart imaging
  • Transmit/Receive volume coils for 1H imaging with 23mm, 40mm, 72mm, or 86mm diameters
  • 40mm 19F and 23Na coils for use with rodents or samples
  • Arterial spin labelling coil (ASL) for rats
  • Isoflurane anaesthesia and animal monitoring system including pulse oximetry
  • Full range of beds to cater for most rodent species and samples

Compatible equipment

  • MR-compatible equipment only

Additional support

We have a team of highly experienced imaging staff that can assist with all aspects of your study, from study design and protocol development through to image analysis and manuscript preparation.