The TA11PA-C10 implantable transmitter (Data Sciences International, DSI) is designed to measure blood pressure (BP) and activity in freely moving laboratory mice. The fluid filled catheter is placed in the free flowing blood of the systemic artery (inserted into the left carotid artery and extended into the aorta), and the transmitter body is placed in a benign location for long-term biocompatibility. The transmitter can be used to monitor BP in mice (as small as 17 g) under normal physiological and unrestricted conditions 24 h a day while remaining free from stress associated with human interaction. Thus, telemetry is considered the gold standard for BP monitoring in small animals such as mice. However, this methodology does require a good understanding of the system as well as appropriate training to perform the delicate transmitter implantation surgery.
Blood pressure Radio telemetry Catheter Transmitter Left carotid artery
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