Preclinical conversion kit for clinical MRI systemsMR Solutions, Guildford, Surrey, has released a conversion kit that can transform a clinical magnetic resonance (MR) scanner into an effective preclinical system. Enabling facilities to conduct research without the need for major investment, the kit allows for the conversion to take place in around 10 minutes.

The transformation involves sliding in a carrier system linked to a separate EVO spectrometer.

“We are always being asked by university research units how they can make use of their very expensive clinical scanner rather than having to buy a totally new machine for preclinical research,” said David Taylor, chief executive of MR Solutions. “We put a team together and have devised what we believe is a really well-designed and cost-effective solution providing excellent results.”

Available with a bore size of 17 cm or 31 cm, the preclinical carrier is customized for each type of scanner and slides along the bed to fit snugly within the clinical scanner. A connection on the preclinical bore links to an independent set of RI electronics controlled by the advanced EVO spectrometer, allowing the preclinical system to work completely independently from the existing electronics controlling the clinical system.

The clinical conversion kit includes electronics, gradients, animal handling, a user workstation, software and sequences. The kit is completely independent from the clinical system’s hardware and software. A trolley stores the preclinical bore when not in use and is customized to clip onto the scanner bed so that it slides in effortlessly.

For more information, visit MR Solutions.

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