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The TRU SCAN Activity Monitoring System

INTRODUCTION to TRU SCAN

SOFTWARE

ARENAS

STIMULUS ACCESSORIES

PRODUCT QUICK LINKS & LITERATURE


INTRODUCTION

TRU SCAN is a versatile and simple system to monitor open field activity.  Utilizing Coulbourn’s interchangeable sensor rings, TRU SCAN ensures precise tracking in up to three planes.  Nose poke task, place preference, conditioned freezing, light/dark tests can also be performed in our TRU SCAN test arenas.  Additional accessories, such as shock floors, video mounted TV cameras, hi-brite cue, noise/tone generators and wall mounting brackets are available for use with this system, making TRU SCAN extremely functional and flexible. 

Experimental protocols are setup through a simple point-and-click user interface, filed away and recalled by number for future use.  All selected data is compiled and analyzed according to the parameters defined in the protocol. 

Features of TRU SCAN include:

  • Precise Data Timing
  • Small Arenas for Mice
  • Economical
  • Controlled Presentation of Audio, Visual, and Electrical Stimuli
  • Powerful Innovative Software
  • Flat Sensor Rings:  Conduct nose poke and floor plane activity simultaneously
  • Expandable up to 10 stations

 

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SOFTWARE

Versatility and simplicity are the defining benefits of TRU SCAN.  With just point-and-click, users generate experimental protocols that are stored and recalled by number.  All selected data is gathered, analyzed, and presented in the same way whenever the experimental protocol is run without reselection. 

The software also features subject, operator, and protocol IDs as well as automatic data storage and stimulus presentation, if desired.  Data analysis is fully automated for each subject or across subjects with results presented in a table or graphically.  
Results are calculated for all parameters user selected from the “data analysis items”.  Graphical data can be cut and pasted directly into publication documents. 

Data is stored as raw coordinate sets with real time date stamps for each of the sensor rings used.  This allows experiments to be re-run without animals to re-analyze data, using more and shorter histogram bins or new data elements to find other behaviors or effects not observed in the original analysis.  This unique feature minimizes the number of animals needing to be tested.  Raw data may also be easily exported using TRU SCAN’s automatic formatting for export to a spreadsheet for further statistical analysis. 

TRU SCAN is compatible with Windows Xp or Windows 7 and interfaces through a single USB port. 

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ARENAS

 

The TRU SCAN system offers two arena sizes – one for mice and one for rats – thus optimizing environmental area and beam spacing to be appropriate for each species, resulting in greater  overall system accuracy. 

Coulbourn’s TRU SCAN arenas feature a slide-out floor/drop pan for easier maintenance. 

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TRU SCAN STIMULUS ACCESSORIES

TRU SCAN Stimulus Accessories are available for increased flexibility of the system.  Nose poke task, place preference, conditioned freezing, light/dark tests can also be performed in our TRU SCAN test arenas. 
 

 

 

 

 

 






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ACCESSORIES

Additional accessories, such as shock floors, video mounted TV cameras, hi-brite cue, noise/tone generators and wall mounting brackets are available for use with this system, making TRU SCAN extremely functional and flexible. 

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PRODUCT QUICK LINKS & LITERATURE        

Control and Data Acquisition:
TRU SCAN 2.04 – Control and Data Acquisition TRU SCAN Software
TRU SCAN 2.04UP – TRU SCAN Upgrade to Version 2.04
L18-16XHS-10A – TRU SCAN Expander Box (for 2-10 stations)
E63-10HS – TRU SCAN Linc
U90-10 – Coulbourn USB Interface

Mouse:
E63-10 – TRU SCAN Arena for Mouse
E63-12 – Sensor Ring for Mouse TRU SCAN Arena
E63-13 – Shock Floor for Mouse TRU SCAN Arena
E63-14 – Nose Poke Floor for Mouse TRU SCAN Arena
E63-16 – Light/Dark Box for Mouse TRU SCAN Arena
E63-19 – Lid for E63-10 Mouse TRU SCAN Arena (recommended when using shock)

Rat:
E63-20 – TRU SCAN Arena for Rat
E63-22 – Sensor Ring for Rat TRU SCAN Arena
E63-23 – Shock Floor for Rat TRU SCAN Arena
E63-24 – Nose Poke Floor for Rat TRU SCAN Arena
E63-26 – Light/Dark Box for Rat TRU SCAN Arena
E63-29 – Lid for E63-20 Rat TRU SCAN Arena (recommended when using shock)

Accessories:
E63-91 – Elevation Rod Kit
E63-03 – Hi-Brite Cue for TRU SCAN
A69-20 – Tone/White Noise Generator (Requires speaker)
H10-24TS – Isolation Cubicle for TRU SCAN Arenas
H12-01R – Speaker Module (Requires H94-00 wall mount bracket)
H29-01 – Balance Arm for All Cages
H94-00 – Wall Mount Bracket

 

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TRU SCAN LINC
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One Linc is required for each Arena. The system can control up to 10 Lincs and 10 Arenas, with 3 Sensor Rings each.

Each Linc has a microprocessor on board to control scanning, calculate the coordinate sets for each of the rings and report to the host computer. The Linc has LEDs to show the status of the experiment and a control switch that provides a way to start stations or resume recording after a pause when the environmental test equipment is in a separate room from the computer.

The Sensor Rings plug into the back of the Linc. The specific connector into which a ring is plugged determines its function: floor, nose poke, or rearing. There are also four stimulus output jacks on the back of the Linc; one is controlled by a timer and set on the front panel. Any stimulus device may be connected to one of the outputs and controlled by the Tru Scan software.

Dimensions:
3.25 in H, 10 in W, 7 in

Power:
9 VDC (wall mount supply)

Connectors:
3 Sensor Rings
1 LabLinc Cable
1 9-VDC Power Inlet
4 Stimulus control lines, 5VTTL
HI-BRITE CUE FOR TRU SCAN ARENA
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The E63-03 provides a visual cue for Tru Scan systems where stimuli are being used in protocol.  Up to four HI-BRITE cues can be controlled by each station in a system.
ELEVATION ROD KIT
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The Elevation Rod Kit is used to adjust the height of the sensor rings for optimal performance based on the size of the subjects that are being monitored.  The Elevation Rod Kit is requrired with systems that employ more than one sensor ring.
WALL MOUNT BRACKET FOR H-SERIES SPEAKERS
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This is used to mount the H12-01R Speaker Modules to the wall of the Mouse or Rat Arenas when using an auditory stimulus with the Tru Scan Activity system.
TS 2.0 SYSTEM EXPANDER BOX (FOR 2 TO 10 STATIONS)
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The Expander Box is required for Tru Scan Systems running from 2 to 10 stations.  In a single station system the Tru Scan Linc connects directly to the interface.  In multiple station systems, the Expander Box connects to the interface and each Tru Scan Linc connects to the Expander Box.  This is not required for single station systems and can be added at anytime should a single station be expanded to multiple stations.
TRU SCAN CONTROL AND DATA ACQUISITION SOFTWARE
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TRU SCAN UPGRADE TO V2.04
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Although the arena and other environment hardware features constitute a compelling reason to choose Tru Scan, the real power of the system resides in the software. Versatility and simplicity are the defining benefits of Tru Scan.

You simply point and click to generate experiment protocols.

Once generated, protocols are simply called up by number any time you want to run them in the future. All selected data will be gathered, analyzed and presented in the same way whenever the experiment protocol is run in the future without reselection.
Other software features include subject, operator, and protocol I.D.s, as well as automatic data storage and stimulus presentations, if desired. Fully automated data analysis is provided for each subject or across subjects with results presented in table or graph form.

These results are calculated for all of the measures you select from the "data analysis items" shown on the next page. You can even cut and paste any of the graphic data to your publication documents.

CREATING A PROTOCOL AND SPECIFYING DATA ANALYSIS
After creating your protocol and selecting the experiment-run histogram format for the first analysis elements in the first window, you will be presented with a second window in which to specify the data you wish to acquire. In this window you may select from the list (shown in full on the facing page), one or more data items to acquire and analyze. Most of them are predefined, but some of them, like the custom zone analysis selection, will open a third window so that you can customize the analysis element.

DATA

All data are stored as raw coordinate sets with real time date stamps for each of the (1 to 3) Sensor Rings used. This lets you do two very important things.
First, any experiment can be rerun (without animals) to re-analyze data, using more and shorter histogram bins or new data elements to find other behaviors or effects that were missed in the original analysis protocol. All you have to do is create another protocol and run the old data. You can also use the newly created protocol for future running of experiments with new subjects and even average the new data with rerun data.

This feature contributes to meeting requirements for running as few animals as possible and using extant data wherever possible. Second, the raw data may be easily exported using Tru Scan's automatic formatting for export to a spread sheet or to a server for archiving and special statistical analysis.

LOG-IN TO RUN A SESSION

In this window you enter your operator name and click on the "CHECK" button to activate and check the hardware. Then, if desired, you may click on the green box representing any checked and functioning station to turn it off for the session. You have an option to draw subjects from a list that was created earlier, or to manually enter the subject I.D. as you start a new experiment run in each station.

You then select the protocol(s) to run in one or more of the active stations. You may run the same or different protocols in the stations. If you select the "same" option, you may run them independently starting each as you enter the animal, or yoke them so that they all run in synchrony. If the protocol presents stimuli or pauses for making injections etc., they will all occur at the same time so that the other animals' behavior will not be affected.

NOSE - POKE TASK, USER-SPECIFICATION SCREEN

This task is the same as the 16-hole task except that the user defines fewer than 16 "correct" holes which will be baited when the protocol is run. This provides a learned spatial discrimination and memory component to the nose poke task. Just click on the holes in the graphic to define those to be baited for the task. Tru Scan v2.0 will analyze the data for TASK ENTRIES, TASK TOTAL TIME, TASK % REST TIME, TASK ENTRIES, TASK ERRORS, POST-TASK ENTRIES (post-task is after all of the baited holes are visited), TASK DISTANCE TRAVELED, TASK NOVEL IRT, N-P TASK REPEATS and WORKING MEMORY RATIO.

CUSTOM ZONE ANALYSIS SELECTION SCREEN

Here you may elect to configure any pattern of coordinate cells into a maximum of 16 different zone analysis elements. Each zone may be composed of groups of one or more 2X2 cells from the 8X8 array of 64 cells (the same set of cells in the preset 64-cell-array zone). To create the zones, select "User Custom Zone Time" from the Analysis Element list and just point and click on each cell that you want to become a member of each group. You may create up to 16 zones using all or only some of the cells. The same cells may be used in multiple zones. Specify any shape with any spatial arrangement as small as a 2X2 square, but remember that groups of cells within a defined zone need not be contiguous!

ARCHIVING, RETRIEVAL, REVIEW, ANALYSIS AND CROSS-SUBJECT ANALYSIS OF DATA

This is one of the most distinguishing capabilities of Tru Scan software. In the "Statistical Review and Analysis" window, you are given the seven options shown. Under each of these there are one or more other windows to guide you through a very robust list of calculations and presentation options for your data.In the screen shown, the second option was selected to produce the sort-and-filter screen where the user can specify session, protocol, station, run and subject identification attributes to "zero in" on the group of records they want to review, combine or on which to perform other operations. The selection boxes on the first window and the buttons shown on the bottom of the active window suggest the power at your fingertips when you use Tru Scan v2.0.

SUMMARY STATISTICS

Any or all of the statistics listed below may be selected by pointing and clicking for each experiment. Each may be selected to be presented as a session histogram (experiment data interval) or a post-stimulus histogram with any number of bins and bin widths (time) desired. Each may be viewed as a list at the end of the session and may be plotted and printed if desired. Selected experiment runs, sessions, protocols and projects may also be averaged, plotted and printed. Graphic data can be saved to graphic files so that you can cut and paste it to your publications.