Basic study for developing rat's head positioner

Koki Sakai, Hirohisa Narita, Masayuki Yamada

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Some materials are evaluated for a rat's head positioner. Due to usage environment, selection criteria of the material are MRI compatible and a resistance property of chemical sterilization. Five resins are selected based on the selection criteria of the material. An experiment to reveal a difference of MRI is carried out with using the selected five resins. A copper sulfate phantom and a solenoidal coil are used for the experiment and then the TX-gain value and SNR (Signal to noise ratio) of the obtained images are measured and compared, respectively. TX-gain value is a RF (Radio Frequency) value for controlling the orientation of the hydrogen atom. There is a slight difference regarding both TX-gain value and SNR. Due to this result, the material can be decided by these machinability and cost. A shape of the rat's head positioner is also discussed based on DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) data of a rat's head taken by CT (Computed tomography). A rat's head shape model is created with using signal strength of the DICOM data. The created rat's head shape is converted to stl data format. A new shape of the head positioner is designed on CAD (Computer Aided Design) based the stl data of the rat's head. A feasibility of the rat's head positioner is introduced by the designed shape.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18-10-2015
Event8th International Conference on Leading Edge Manufacturing in 21st Century, LEM 2015 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 18-10-201522-10-2015


Other8th International Conference on Leading Edge Manufacturing in 21st Century, LEM 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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