Procedures that enable the collection of longitudinal physiologic and anatomic information can contribute to the reduction and refinement of animal use. Scientists are increasingly turning to noninvasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to obtain such information from animal research subjects. As they make this important investment, research support veterinarians are often tasked with ensuring the proper care and use of laboratory animal research subjects. A basic understanding of MRI equipment, personnel practices, safety, and monitoring of animals and their recoveries is key to implementing a centralized animal MRI facility.
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Taylor, J., Hampshire, V. Basic research support for shared magnetic resonance imaging resources. Lab Anim 44, 435–437 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/laban.887