Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders
µCT Imaging Facility at Stemmler Hall
There are 4 µCT systems at Stemmler Hall: the Scanco Medical µCT 35, µCT 45 and the Scanco Medical vivaCT 40, vivaCT 80. All these µCT systems are used to examine diverse materials from bone samples to medical implants. Currently, the µCT 35 and µCT 45 are used to study the trabecular bone structure of tibiae, femora, and vertebrae harvested from rats and mice, whereas the vivaCT 40 and vivaCT 80 are used to scan rats in vivo under anesthesia, rat and mouse humeri, pellets, and medical devices.
|Model||Scanco µCT 35||Scanco µCT 45||Scanco vivaCT 40||Scanco vivaCT 80|
|Use||ex vivo specimen||ex vivo specimen||in vivo animal||in vivo animal|
|X-ray Energy||45, 55, 70 kVP||45, 55, 70, 90 kVP||45, 55, 70 kVP||45, 55, 70 kVP|
|Max Scan Size||Ø37.9mm x 120mm||Ø50mm x 120mm||Ø38.9mm x 145mm||Ø80mm x 145mm|
|Max Sample Size||Ø75.8mm x 140mm||Ø90mm x 120mm||Ø80mm x 500mm||Ø90mm x 500mm|
|Best Image Voxel Size||3.5µm (Ø: 7mm)||3.0µm (Ø: 9mm)||10.5µm (Ø: 21.5mm)||10.4µm (Ø: 31.9mm)|
|Location||335A Stemmler Hall||335A Stemmler Hall||368C Stemmler Hall||368B Stemmler Hall|
This facility is equipped with two rodent anesthesia machines (Supera Anesthesia, Clackamas, OR) for in vivo µCT imaging studies.
µCT Analysis Computers:
The "microCT Analysis (I)" and " microCT Analysis (II)" are located in 315 Stemmler Hall, designated for µCT imaging analysis on Scanco software.
The "Dragonfly Workstation" is located in 324 Stemmler Hall, designated for µCT imaging analysis on Dragonfly software.
All of them can be accessed either onsite or remotely. The use of these computers requires making reservations in advance via Google calendar. For calendar access, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
µCT Imaging Facility at the CMC VAMC/TMRC:
There are 2 µCT systems located at the Translational Musculoskeletal Research Center (TMRC) of the CMC VAMC: the Scanco Medical µCT 50 and the Scanco Medical vivaCT 75.
|Model||Scanco µCT 50||Scanco vivaCT 75|
|Use||ex vivo specimen||in vivo animal|
|X-ray Energy||45, 55, 70, 90 kVP||45, 55, 70 kVP|
|Max Scan Size||Ø50mm x 120mm||Ø79.9mm x 145mm|
|Max Sample Size||Ø100mm x 160mm||Ø80mm x 500mm|
|Best Image Voxel Size||0.5µm||10µm|
High Resolution Peripheral QCT (HR-pQCT) Imaging Facility at CTRC:
The HR-pQCT (Scanco XtremeCT II) is located at the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC), for in vivo imaging bone microarchitecture of patients’ distal radius and tibia with a voxel size down to 60 μm.