Aileen Schrter1, Felix Schlegel1, Aline Seuwen1, Joanes Grandjean1, Markus Rudin1, 2
1Institute for Biomedical Engineering, ETH and University Zrich, Zrich, Switzerland; 2Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University Zrich, Zrich, Switzerland
Functional MR imaging, originally applied in human studies, has been translated back to small animals, which allows performing basic research on animal models of different pathologies. In view of the many transgenic mouse lines the method has been started to be transferred from rats to mice. FMRI in small animals suffers from largely unknown influences of anesthesia, which has been addressed already in studies on rats. However, given species differences, results obtained in rat studies cannot be translated directly to mice. The presented study is characterizing the effects of four anesthetics isoflurane, urethane, medetomidine, propofol on fMRI responses in mice.