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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

 

Click here to download the full TRU SCAN Users Manual
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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.

This devices is available in two versions:
  • E63-01HS -> TRU SCAN LINC 110V
  • E63-01HS-220 -> TRU SCAN LINC 220V
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.
MOUSE ARENA (CAGE) FOR TRU SCAN
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Our TruScan Photo Beam Activity System utilizes interchangeable Sensor Rings to ensure precision tracking of your subject in up to three planes. Point-and-click user-oriented software processes data for each session and saves all raw data for new analysis protocols in the future. The options available and the TruScan software for control and data analysis meet today's needs for the study of activity like no other system on the market.

Monitor activity simultaneously in X-Y, nose poke and rearing modes
Arenas available for rats or mice
TruScan software produces analyses of time spent in different parts of the arena, path information, distance travelled etc.
Raw data recorded for future analysis
Allows presentation of shock and other stimuli
In the Tru Scan system there are two arena sizes, one for small mouse-sized animals and one for larger rat-sized animals. Other systems run rats and mice in the same arena; however, we provide arenas of the appropriate size and beam spacing for each. You don't have to "make-do" with running mice in rat environments.

Our arenas feature a slide-out floor/drop pan so you don't have to take the whole cage out of the station case to wash it. Just pull the floor out and dump it so that the next animal is not distracted or contaminated by the droppings of the previous animal. Extra drop pans are inexpensive. You can replace them for each run with freshly washed ones.
REPLACEMENT DROP PAN FOR MOUSE ARENA
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One E63-10-DP (or E63-20-DP) Drop Pan is included with each E63-10 (or E63-20) Arena (cage). Extra Drop Pans are available. With extra drop pans, you can replace the drop pans between subjects and be ready to run as soon as the next subject is placed in the Mouse Arena.
SENSOR RING FOR MOUSE ARENA
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Tru Scan's Photo Beam sensor rings are separate from the station's processor rather than being built together in a large case in which a clumsy single-piece test arena rests. There is only one type of sensor ring (sized for each arena). It senses in two dimensions (X&Y) and you use the same ring for floor plane, rearing or nose poke. You can do all 3 measures (with 3 rings) at the same time! The system logs X-Y coordinates instead of just a "yes or no" when monitoring nose poke or rearing. The rings are flat so that you can do nose poke and floor plane recording together.
SHOCK FLOOR FOR MOUSE ARENA
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The shock floor may be connected to any of our shockers  which in turn may be controlled by one of the stimulus outputs of the Tru Scan Linc.
NOSE POKE FLOOR FOR MOUSE ARENA
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The optional nose poke floors have a 16 holes (4 X 4 array ) with an underlying food tray. Because Tru Scan software records coordinates from sensor rings, it is possible to analyze the sequence in which the holes are accessed as well as when each hole is accessed.  The nose poke floors are great for memory protocols.
LIGHT/DARK BOX FOR MOUSE ARENA
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The light/dark or retreat box covering 1/2 of the cage has a door to let the animal pass. Data acquisition protocols allow selection of any half of the cage as the "data area" so that entries, movements and time spent in the box may be recorded. This "solid black" box has no holes for the Photo Beams so it doesn't let in ambient light, but it is transparent to the Photo Beams.
LID FOR MOUSE ARENA - RECOMMENDED WHEN USING SHOCK
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The Lid for the E63-19 Mouse Arena (cage) is recommended when using shock stimulus with the Tru Scan system and is required when using a visual cue to mount the the E63-03 Hi-Brite Cue above the Mouse Arena.
RAT ARENA FOR TRU SCAN (CAGE)
Contact our Behavioral Research Specialists for more information

Our TruScan Photo Beam Activity System utilizes interchangeable Sensor Rings to ensure precision tracking of your subject in up to three planes. Point-and-click user-oriented software processes data for each session and saves all raw data for new analysis protocols in the future. The options available and the TruScan software for control and data analysis meet today's needs for the study of activity like no other system on the market.

Monitor activity simultaneously in X-Y, nose poke and rearing modes
Arenas available for rats or mice
TruScan software produces analyses of time spent in different parts of the arena, path information, distance travelled etc.
Raw data recorded for future analysis
Allows presentation of shock and other stimuli
In the Tru Scan system there are two arena sizes, one for small mouse-sized animals and one for larger rat-sized animals. Other systems run rats and mice in the same arena; however, we provide arenas of the appropriate size and beam spacing for each. You don't have to "make-do" with running mice in rat environments.

Our arenas feature a slide-out floor/drop pan so you don't have to take the whole cage out of the station case to wash it. Just pull the floor out and dump it so that the next animal is not distracted or contaminated by the droppings of the previous animal. Extra drop pans are inexpensive. You can replace them for each run with freshly washed ones.