Thomas Neuberger1, 2, Tatjana Neuberger1, Darin Clark3, Victoria Braithwaite4, 5, Keith Cheng3
1Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, United States; 2Department of Bioengineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, United States; 3Department of Pathology, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, United States; 4School of Forest Resources, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, United States; 5Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University, Univerity Park, PA, United States
The zebrafish is now widely recognized as a key model organism in biological research. Our study demonstrates that MRI can image the zebrafish in detail across its whole life span with an isotropic resolution of up to 8 microns. To perform these studies a standard bore 20 tesla system was utilized. Despite restricted space, we achieved a throughput of more than 60 specimens of early developmental stages. As the high resolution and contrast to noise ratio permits the identification of small details, we suggest that MRI could be a valuable tool to quantify the progression of disease in the zebrafish.