Discontinued in current model.
- Detecting damaging levels of vibration in theesearch animalfacility is now possible with our revolutionary new device and app, VibraSearch.
- Connect via wireless technology to each device in range.
- Clear visualization of safe and harmful levels.
- Simply place the VibraSearch device inside a cage or on a rack and connect via wireless technology to the VibraSearch app on any iOS device.
- As small as a deck of playing cards, the VibraSearch device allows users to move from room to room with ease and without the mess of tangled cords.
- The app displays accurate and easy-to- interpret vibration data, and also indicates whether the vibration level is safe or is at a level known to be harmful to animal models.
Why it Matters
- Vibration in the animal facility has been identified as an animal welfare concern as well as a potential experimental confound.
- Problematic vibration can result from the use of Individually Ventilated Caging systems (IVCs), room-to- room transport, facility construction, nearby train lines, and many other sources (1,2,5,7).
- Exposure to chronic vibration has been linked to chronic stress response in mice and rats such as cortisol increases, decreased pregnancy rates, and changes in the cardiovascular function (6,7).
- Vibration levels less than 0.05g in rats and mice do not cause reliable changes in cardiovascular functions or in homeostatic cortisol levels, whereas a number of studies in both animal and human literature suggest that exposure greater than 0.05g can cause these significant changes.
- Incidentally, the same exposure level is used for defining the human occupational safety exposure limit of vibration to 0.05g.
History of the VibraSearch
- Turner Scientific provides noise and vibration measurement services for biomedical research facilities and they wanted to find a way to allow their customers to measure vibration data regularly using their own devices. These small vibrations have been associated with changes in the behavior of animals at research facilities and laboratories. They worked with Studio M-Five to engineer a solution that would allow for researchers to collect their own vibration data to improve the welfare of the animals in the facilities, thus leading to more accurate test results. VibraSearch was designed to empower researchers, veterinarians or any lab staff to collect their own vibration data using an iOS device to run the Apple App Store app. The VibraSearch device accurately detects minute vibration data to the scale of +/- 2g along the X, Y, and Z axis using an accelerometer. These data are displayed on the VibraSearch app in the form of a bar graph as well as a numerical value. Using these data, the researcher can determine if the animal is subject to any unsafe vibration levels.
- 1'Atanasov, N. A., Sargent, J. L., Parmigiani, J. P., Palme, R., & Diggs, H. E. (2015). Characterization of train-induced vibration and its effect on fecal corticosterone metabolites in mice. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, 54(6), 737-744.
- 2 Hurst, K., & Litwak, K. N. (2012). Accelerative forces associated with routine in- house transportation of rodent cages. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS, 51(5), 544.
- 3 ISO 2631-1:1997 Mechanical vibration and shock — Evaluation of human exposure to whole-body vibration — Part 1: General requirements.
- 4 Li, Y., Rabey, K. N., Schmitt, D., Norton, J. N., & Reynolds, R. P. (2015). Characteristics of vibration that alter cardiovascular parameters in mice. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS, 54(4), 372.
- 5 Logge, W., Kingham, J., & Karl, T. (2014). Do individually ventilated cage systems generate a problem for genetic mouse model research?. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 13(7), 713-720.
- 6 Norton, J. N., Kinard, W. L., & Reynolds, R. P. (2011). Comparative vibration levels perceived among species in a laboratory animal facility. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, 50(5), 653-659.
- 7 Raff, H., Bruder, E. D., Cullinan, W. E., Ziegler, D. R., & Cohen, E. P. (2011). Effect of animal facility construction on basal hypothalamic-pituitary- adrenal and renin-aldosterone activity in the rat. Endocrinology, 152(4), 1218-1221.
VibraSearch device, free VibraSearch app on the Apple App Store. Does not include but is required: An iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch)