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Do You Know What This Research MRI Shows?

By Katy Cosse
Published December 2010

This image, taken with a 3T research MRI scanner at UC Health Imaging, is believed to be the first instance of such imaging done on the species. The 3T’s magnetic field allowed for superior resolution of the animal’s brain—though we’re sure the technologist avoided the rows of very sharp teeth while placing the coil. The image will be used by researchers at the College of Allied Health Science’s FETCH~LAB in a partnership with Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

 

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The image is an MRI scan of a shark. Faculty at the College of Allied Health Science’s Facility for Education and Testing of Canine Hearing and Laboratory for Animal Bioacoustics (FETCH~LAB) are using the image, believed to be the first done on a shark, in a partnership with Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

 

Explains FETCH~LAB director Pete Scheifele, PhD, "We are looking at the acoustic processing areas of the shark brain to apply to whale sharks. This specimen was a Bamboo shark, which is similar but small. We are determining how noise affects sharks in the captivity of an aquarium.”

 

Members of the FETCH~LAB team traveled to Atlanta this summer to advise the aquarium on animal care as it builds a new dolphinarium.


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