e-Incubator: MRI Compatible Mini-Incubator
Huihui Xu 1 , Vahid Khalilzad-Shargi 1 , Karin wartella 1 , and Shadi F Othman 1
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln,
Nebraska, United Kingdom
There is a crucial need to assess ex vivo constructs.
MRI helps fulfill this role, but specimens allocated to
a test tube for imaging cannot be returned to
incubators, therefore, are wasted due to transfer
incubation in a less than optimal growth environment. We
present a standalone, miniature MRI-compatible
incubator, termed the e-incubator, which uses a
microcontroller to automatically sense and regulate
physiological conditions for tissues and allow
concurrent tissue culture and evaluation. The
e-incubator offers an innovative scheme to study
multiple applications, including underlying mechanisms
related to the structural and functional changes of
tissues due to growth and maturation.
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