9.4T MRI (ARA-MBI)

Bruker Biospec 9.4T MRI animal scanner

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

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:

  • 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.