Are the MouseSTAT Pulse Oximeter Sensors CT compatible?
Yes, all MouseSTAT sensors are CT compatible.
Can I output data?
Yes, there are multiple options to record and manage data. The system includes one analog output (for a single parameter), or you may export all parameters digitally via mini-USB.
Can the MouseSTAT Pulse Oximeter be used on awake animals?
Scientists in search of equipment to meet their study needs should be aware that there are legitimate questions regarding even the possibility of taking these measurements in mobile animals. In reality, there is currently no system capable of 100% reliably measuring pulse ox in active, conscious animals.
The reasons for this are many. First, the sensor must be considered. Systems using neck or throat-fitted optical sensors rely on them being affixed to the animal at the prescribed region while tethered by a cable to the monitor’s controller. The stress of initially applying the sensor in either of these areas causes variations in heart rate and pulse oxygenation and make natural readings unobtainable. Once acclimated to wearing them, the animal must adapt to essentially being at the end of a leash, again, an unnatural condition resulting in skewed readings.
Arguably, placing a conscious animal in an individual animal holder, pacifying and acclimating it to the environment and applying an unobtrusive sensor to its paw is far less disruptive to their normal conditions, and more conducive to acquiring readings that can be relied on.
Remember, any method of restraining your animal will affect the data you’re able to collect. Minimizing the stress of the procedure, reducing the duration of the monitoring period and accelerating how quickly the animal is able to adapt all can have an impact in acquiring more reliable, reproducible readings.
Is the PhysioSuite compatible with my stereotaxic system?
Yes, the PhysioSuite can be used alongside your stereotaxic frame.
Can I sterilize the controller with vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP)?
Yes, the controller can be sterilized with hydrogen peroxide gas (or VHP). You may use the same sterilization protocol used for laptop computers and other electronics in your facility. Be sure to open any caps or ports to allow the gas to reach inner mechanisms and tubing, if applicable.