RESOURCES & EQUIPEMENTS
The following resources and equipment are available at CIBM:
RF Technology Laboratory
Fully equipped RF lab, providing CIBM-wide supporting RF coil infrastructure and electronics support for the entire region.
Human Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Magnet: Siemens Prisma fit 3 Tesla, research enabled system, 600mm bore
- Coils: 64ch head coil, neonate 16ch head coil and standard Siemens coils for specific body regions
- Full fMRI setup : long range eye-tracking, E-prime task system, inside MRI Audio system
- Full Bore-Width LCD screen with 120Hz image refresh rate
- Physiological data acquisition : Biopac system with Acknowledge software
- X-Nuclei imaging and spectroscopy system with coils (19F, 31P, 23Na)
First of its kind scanner for humans, with active-shielding, ultra-short magnet length designed for human clinical research, complemented with a patient suite to accommodate human subject volunteers.
- Magnet: Magnex Scientific 7 Tesla / 680 mm Bore. Active shielded. Ultra short length. Zero boiloff magnet
- Cryostat length: 2200 mm
- Cryostat diameter: 2700 mm
- Cryostat weight (excluding cryogens): 28 Tonnes approx.
- Nominal operating current: 192 Amps
- Energy stored: 39.3 MJ
- Console: Siemens
Additional related infrastructure:
- Human volunteer subject preparation room (volunteers and outpatient research subjects) with two beds and space for related interventions.
Animal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
The 9.4 Tesla/31 cm active-shield (AS) magnet is the first ultra-wide bore 9.4 Tesla horizontal bore magnet for biomedical imaging research in continental Europe. The picture shows the magnet in its final position, ramped to field and shimmed to 2.8ppm over 14cm dsv. The system is mainly used for rodent MR investigations. The operating console was provided by Varian Inc. (Palo Alto, CA).
31cm horizontal bore animal MR scanner with adjacent animal preparation room to ensure good physiology during the scans, dedicated to rodent studies.
- Magnet: Magnex Scientific 9.4 Tesla / 310mm Bore. Actively Shielded Magnet System
- Length of cryostat: 1900 mm
- Diameter of cryostat: 2380 mm
- Nominal operating current: 181 Amps
- Energy stored: 13.6 MJ
- Console: Varian Inova
Ultra-high magnetic field and ultra-strong gradients open the way for high spatial resolution MRI, exquisite functional and diffusion contrasts, and high resolution spectroscopy.
26 cm horizontal bore animal MR scanner (one of four comparable magnets in the world), complemented with a full suite of animal physiology support for anesthesia and surgical preparation, as well as bench experiments.
- Magnet: Magnex Scientific 14.1 Tesla / 260mm Bore.
- Gradient system: 1 T/m strength / 120 mm Inner Diameter
- Console: Bruker BioSpec
Additional related infrastructure:
Physiology support for experiments related to animal imaging experimentation providing support for:
- The preparation of the rodent
- Monitoring of physiology to ensure proper physiological parameters during the scan
- Compliance with ethical rules
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
The (PET/SPECT/CT) Triumph is an all-digital trimodality system and provides you with the ability to visualize and quantify biological processes in small animals (e.g. mice, rats, small rabbits).
The PET subsystem is based on Avalanche Photo Diode (APD) technology which offers superior image contrast and a reconstructed resolution of less than 1 mm. Gating can be performed on cardiac cycle, respiration and user-defined inputs. The Field Of View (FOV) of the PET is 8 cm.
The SPECT subsystem exploits the proven performance of Multiplexed Multi-Pinhole (MMP) SPECT and the high intrinsic spatial and energy resolutions (1.6 mm) of the solid-state Cadnium Zinc Telluride (CTZ) detector technology. FOV of the SPECT is adjustable thanks to helical scanning. The SPECT subsystem can detect conventional radioisotopes such as I-125, Tc-99m, I-123, In-111, Lu-177, Re-188.
The XO-CT subsystem is equipped with an advanced digital X-ray detector technology and has the flexibility to perform a wide range of scans up to rat wholebody. The reconstructed resolution can be down to 80 µm.
Multiple beds are available to scan single animals and up to 3 mice per scan. Equipment of the lab also permit to work in Specific Pathogens Free (SPF) conditions.
The software Vivoquant (Invicro) allows coregistrations of the modalities and analyses.
In 2016 the CIBM scanner was relocated to a new building in a new preclinical Imaging Platform affiliated to the Faculty of Medecine. This relocation offers researchers the possibility to combine PET/SPECT/CT imaging with other modalities such as MRI and optical Imaging in a Specific Pathogen Free environment