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9.4 T MRI System

Our 31cm bore size 9.4T Agilent MRI system can provide the full support of MRS and MRI studies in animals with size up to 15cm in diameter. Our current system includes a complete set of three heavy duty and efficient gradient coils (305/210HD, 300A, 600mT/m, 205/120 HD, 300A, 600mT/m; and 115/60 HD, 200A, 1000mT/m). Task designated imaging RF coils are available to improve the MR image quality. An isofluorane anesthesia system, body temperature control, and vital signs monitoring system (i.e., temperature, respiration and ECG) plus an MRI-compatible small animal gating system (SA Instruments) are installed to permit free-breathing acquisition during quantitative MRI measurements

Polarean 9820 129Xe Hyperpolarizer

The 9820 129Xe hyperpolarizer provides a routine supply of high-purity, hyperpolarized 129Xe for gas phase magnetic resonance studies. The polarizer is installed near the 9.4 T MRI suite and processes a custom mixture of unpolarized 129Xe, N2, and 4He, into one or more doses of pure hyperpolarized 129Xe that is available for magnetic resonance studies. The hyperpolarized 129Xe is then thawed and dispensed into a container or bag. Once dispensed into an appropriate container, and maintained within a modest holding magnetic field, the polarization relaxes with a T1 of 1-2 hr.

11.7 T MRI/NMR system

The 500 MHz spectrometer is broad-banded for studying H-1, C-13, N-15, O-17, F-19, Na-23, P-31, etc. The 500 MHz spectrometer provides the capability of micro-imaging that equipped with two sets of image probes for samples of 5 mm and 10 mm respectively. The high gradient strength (up to 2000 mT/m) of gradient coils and special designed RF coils empower the system to acquire the super high-resolution images. One Na-23 RF coil and MRE setup are available.

360 MHz NMR system

The 360 MHZ spectrometer is for routine analysis of H1, C-13, F-19, and P-31 only. Both spectrometers are connected to the Internet. Data can be processed off-line on our SGI, PC or Macintosh computers or can be transferred to any computer (off-site analysis requires appropriate NMR processing software).