Smallest PET scanner in the world eliminates the need for anesthesia.
The RatCAP is a small, lightweight 3D Positron Emission Tomograph (PET) scanner that is designed to image the brain of an awake, freely moving small rodent.
RatCAP eliminates the need for anesthesia when imaging rat brains, removing the potential adverse effects anaesthesia has had on neuronal studies in small animal models. The RatCAP mechanical system enables the awake animal to move freely about a cage or Skinner box while the brain is being imaged.
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The RatCAP: In Focus
The scanner attaches to the animal’s head and is supported by a counter-weighted pendulum structure which gives the animal considerable freedom of movement during the scan.
RatCAP opens new opportunities for research paradigms that increase mobility — the ability to simultaneously measure both PET activity and behavior can help clarify the correlation between the two data sets.
The RatCAP introduces a new approach to rat-brain imaging that may open new research opportunities in behavioral neuroscience and research into conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It can help researchers study the effect of dopamine connected to drug abuse, as well as many psychiatric disorders
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