WIRELESS FSCV SYSTEM FOR RATS
The WIRELESS FAST SCAN CYCLIC VOLTAMMETRY (FSCV) SYSTEM for rats uses Bluetooth® to transmit data. The system resides in a headmounted enclosure and wirelessly transmits data to a computer. The battery is easily accessible and readily exchangeable in real-time to support extended recordings. The system is ideal for mazes and enclosed environments, such as metabolic and behavioral chambers. It comes with Pinnacle’s FREE FSCV software.
The Rat Hat houses the battery and protects the system.
A low-powered, wireless FSCV board transmits digitized signals to a paired Bluetooth® USB dongle.
The Rat Hat bottom contains the electronics, guide cannula, and carbon fiber sensor. It is affixed to the skull with bone screws and dental acrylic.
Stereotaxically placed guide cannulas allow easy insertion of carbon fiber sensors.
AACCESSORY KITS FOR RATS
For new users of our systems, Pinnacle recommends the purchase of an accessory kit for use with the wireless FSCV system for rats. Kits include all necessary one-time-purchases, such as screwdrivers, and enough surgical supplies to complete four surgeries.
|#8111: 1/8" SCREWS||#8112: DRILL BIT|
|#8506: BATTERY WITH COVER||#8508: RAT HAT BOTTOM|
CARBON FIBER SENSORS
Pinnacle’s FSCV system uses CARBON FIBER SENSORS (CFSs) to measure the presence of dopamine and other catecholamines in the brains of freely moving animals. Our sensor is a 34 µm diameter carbon fiber housed in a silica sheath that extends 0.5 mm beyond the end of the silica. All Pinnacle CFSs require an Ag/AgCl reference electrode.
In order to relate the current changes measured by a sensor to actual changes in concentration, it is necessary to calibrate the sensor at the conclusion of an experiment. This process also confirms the integrity and selectivity of the sensor.
|FSCV Calibration Kit||8500-K5|
FSCV SOFTWARE PACKAGE
The FSCV system includes Pinnacle’s FREE FSCV software, which supports traditional, short recording paradigms (recordings of two minutes or less) as well as longer-term recordings that use an extended continuous mode. Furthermore, the suite supports integrated, synchronized video recording, which allows monitoring of animal behavior simultaneously with biogenic amine release.
- Features include:
- • Background subtraction
- • 3-D visualization
- • User-selectable filters
- • Heat maps
- • Preprogrammed and custom waveforms
- • Import/export to third-party packages