New Compact MRI Machine for Preclinical & Molecular Imaging Using Aspect's Permanent Magnet Technology Debuts at WMIC

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Aspect’s Technology Enables Preclinical MRI Directly at Researchers’ Desktops

“This imaging option gives researchers preclinical MRI information on demand behind the animal barrier for everyday use,” said Uri Rapoport, founder and chief executive officer of Aspect.

A new desktop, compact magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system using proprietary permanent magnet technology from Aspect Magnet Technologies Ltd. is being introduced at World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC) in Kyoto. The compact system, called Icon, is the result of a partnership announced between Aspect and Bruker Corporation at last year’s WMIC to develop an MRI system specifically for the needs and work environment of preclinical researchers.

The compact 1 Tesla system gives researchers a practical, easy-to-use, and easy-to-site instrument for routine preclinical MRI and molecular imaging that can be located directly in their labs and behind the animal barrier. The internally shielded Icon system has zero magnetic fringe field enabling safe location of the instrument in any facility. No additional external magnetic or RF shielding is required. Aspect’s proprietary gradient system is integrated into the magnet, enabling high performance with silent whisper operation.

Aspect’s animal handling system incorporated into the Icon machine helps streamline preparation and improve ease of use for any level of operator.

“We’re pleased that our work with Bruker has resulted in this imaging option that gives researchers preclinical MRI information on demand behind the animal barrier for everyday use,” said Uri Rapoport, founder and chief executive officer of Aspect. “We know that these next generation systems are important tools to help advance scientific discovery by accelerating research and expanding horizons for completely new ideas and discovery.”

The Icon system is being manufactured, sold and distributed through Bruker.

Aspect’s M2 System Also Being Shown at WMIC
Additionally at WMIC, Aspect is showing attendees its desktop, compact M2 MRI machine designed and manufactured entirely by Aspect. Also based on the company’s unique permanent magnet technology, the point-and-shoot M2 MRI system is easily used on a frequent basis by preclinical researchers who are not MRI experts. Streamlined subject preparation – along with average scan times of approximately 10 minutes – makes the equipment simple, flexible and fast to use. The M2 also is internally shielded which allows it to be sited in any lab or animal house without external shielding.

Aspect is showcasing its MRI system at WMIC Sept. 8-11 at booth #410.

About Aspect
Aspect Magnet Technologies Ltd. designs, develops and manufactures compact high-resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) based systems. Through its equipment, Aspect enables life sciences and medical researchers in the preclinical market to speed scientific discovery and drug development by allowing them to perform in vivo small animal imaging and in vitro studies directly in their laboratories. Aspect’s breakthrough in permanent magnet technology and affordable, easy-to-use systems allows MRI to be used routinely by solving many drawbacks found in today's MRI market, such as high unit cost, high cost of ownership, complex operation & installation. Aspect was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Netanya, Israel. More information is available at

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