A press release from MIT gleefully reports that the Institute installed a new 9.4 Tesla MRI with a 20 cm bore from Bruker BioSpin to be “used for rodents and small primates, as well as live cell cultures and chemical preparations. It will help researchers make direct links between molecular and genetic techniques and live animal studies, and between animal studies and human studies.”
There is no question that a whopping 9.4 Tesla is way too impressive magnet to deprecate. We, however, have to bring to your attention the new 11.7 Tesla Ultra Shielded Refrigerated (USR) system from the same company, a device simply called BioSpec 117/16 USR. For all we know, this baby has only been installed in the US in the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
Check out the specs that are sure to bring the fear of God into every critter and “small primate”:
Superconducting Magnet System
Actively-shielded superconducting wide-bore magnet Nitrogen free (no cryogenic maintenance by customer) Cryo-refrigerator (Minimal helium consumption, long hold-times, long maintenance intervals) Reduced stray field Screening against external field perturbations Field strength: 11.7 T Diameter of clear bore: > 155 mm Stray-field (5 Gauss): +/- 3.0 m axial, +/- 2.5 m radial
ParaVision® software package provides a framework for multi-dimensional MRI/MRS data acquisition, reconstruction, analysis and visualization. This basic software package is supplemented by several extension packages which offer additional experimental techniques or sophisticated post-processing algorithms.
Standard acquisition, reconstruction, data analysis and visualization State-of-the-art 2D and 3D MR imaging techniques Easy set-up with autoadjustments and localizer scans Predefined application oriented protocols Real-time display of acquired and reconstructed data system status information informing scan progress Ready-to-use protocols for ultra-fast imaging sequences including echo-planar imaging (EPI) techniques On-line, off-line, reconstruction, including baseline correction, window multiplication and phase correction capabilities