M3™ Compact MRI

M3TM Compact MRI

Affordable, powerful and versatile.

M3™ compact cost-effective MRI system dedicated for imaging of mice

The M3™ compact, high-performance, one-touch MRI system is the smallest of Aspect Imaging’s M-series and is intended for dedicated imaging of mice. The M3 enables to generate high-resolution 3D anatomical, functional and molecular images with a “bore” size optimized for mice. The M3’s small bore correlates to a smaller total size (footprint), lighter weight, and lower MRI machine cost. The system can be uniquely placed behind the bio-containment barrier for in vivo imaging. In addition to its comprehensive suite of applications for mouse phenotyping, Aspect Imaging’s LumiQuant™ package for generation of 3D tomographic quantification of luminescence and co-registration with compact MR is optimized for use on the M3 platform.

One instrument, multiple applications

The M3 has all the capabilities to routinely and repeatedly quantify phenotypes in mouse models of disease, including:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Contrast-based Molecular Imaging
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Embryology / Developmental Biology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurobiology
  • Stem Cell / Cell Tracking

3D Whole Body Morphological Imaging

The M3 compact, high-performance MRI system enables high-resolution 3D whole body morphological imaging of mouse models of disease. Biologists and researchers without prior MR or imaging experience can now leverage the gold standard modality – MRI – for morphological imaging. The M3 is an in vivo imaging platform that is:

  • Easy to learn,
  • Effortless to operate, and
  • Fast to generate reproducible, quantitative results of phenotypes and therapeutic efficacy.


The M3, like the whole family of M-series magnets, provides a high-performance in vivo MRI system that is virtually maintenance free. The system requires:

  • No cryogens
  • No auxiliary power**, and
  • No compressors or plumbing that require servicing

**The M3 system only requires 1x 15 Amp outlet with 30 Amp receptacle.


The M3, like all compact MRI systems from Aspect Imaging, can be placed in most locations in a facility and doesn’t require an infrastructure typically needed with superconducting MRI system or cryogen-free MRI systems. The system therefore does not require any of the following:

  • No shielding
  • No auxiliary power supplies or services
  • No plumbing, pumps or compressors

The M3 can therefore be placed:

  • In a small animal core imaging facility
  • Right next to other modalities like PET, CT or optical
  • In a working lab
  • Behind the barrier

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