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Engineering MRI Facility
The Engineering MRI Facility (West Lafayette, IN) has in place and operational a General Electric (Milwaukee, WI) Discovery MR750 3T MRI system. This system is located in the MRI Facility building on the Purdue University campus. The Engineering MRI Facility is research-available 24 hours a day, at a rate of $500 per hour, with an additional time scheduled for set-up and tear-down for each scheduled scanning hour. The 3T MRI is equipped with proton spectroscopy for MRS and a real-time acquisition system for use with echo-planar fMRI. All data acquired on the MRI may be directly transferred via high-speed internet connection to the PI's computers at Purdue University for subsequent processing. Backups of data may be generated on-site using DVD-R or CD-R media.
For fMRI purposes, the Engineering MRI Facility is equipped with a NordicNeuroLab Audio/Visual system (electrostatic headphones plus 800x600 LCD goggles) for high-quality auditory and visual stimulation, and bimanual fiber optic button pads (Current Designs, Inc.) for recording subject responses. The Facility also provides an Audio/Visual computer (dual boot between Windows XP and Linux) with which stimuli may be presented and responses recorded (e.g., via e-Prime). In addition, the Facility provides a trigger box for stimulus synchronization and also has the ability to record physiologic data (respiration and heart rate) for post-acquisition use.
Small Animal MRI Facility
The Purdue MRI Facility also has available a small animal MRI scanner in the Bindley Bioscience Center located in Purdue's Discovery Park. The scanner is a small animal 7.0 Tesla Bruker Biospec 70/30 USR 305 mm bore horizontal axis with two actively shielded gradient systems, multiple body and surface RF coils, and Paravision and Topspin software. It is capable of in vivo rabbit, rat, mouse, and small sample studies at high spatial resolution.
This 7.0 T MRI system was installed in March of 2014 in the basement of the Bindley Bioscience Center and is available at all times for trained personnel. The imager is equipped with two actively shielded gradient systems (BGA-20S and BGA-12S) with built in RT shims and a high power gradient amplifier providing strengths up to 660 mT/m. A console with a dual channel RF transmitter and dual receiver system, operated by a Linux workstation, with Paravision and Topspin software, is capable of multinuclear spectroscopy and imaging. The imager is equipped with multiple volume and surface RF coils, basic life monitoring and temperature control systems, an anaesthesia system, and animal cradles.