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Method and apparatus for animal positioning in imaging systems

United States Patent

January 1, 2013
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An apparatus for imaging an animal includes a first mounting surface, a bed sized to support the animal and releasably secured to or integral with the first mounting surface. The apparatus also includes a plurality of straps, each having a first end in a fixed position relative to the bed and a second end for tightening around a limb of the animal. A method for in-vivo imaging of an animal includes providing an animal that has limbs, providing a first mounting surface, and providing a bed removably secured to or integral with the mounting surface and sized to support the animal as well as being coupled to a plurality of straps. The method also includes placing the animal on the bed between the plurality of straps and tightening at least two of the plurality of straps around at least two of the limbs such that the animal is substantially secured in place relative to the bed.
Hadjioannou; Arion-Xenofon (Los Angeles, CA), Stout; David B. (Culver City, CA), Silverman; Robert W. (Sherman Oaks, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
11/ 660,298
August 12, 2005
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with Government support of Grant No. R24 CA 92865, awarded by the National Institute of Health, and DE-FC03-02ER63420, awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.