Interactive Medical Technologies believes in providing the best possible service. We are firm believers in the “CARE” ( C oncern
A pplication R eassurance E mpathy) principles for customer support. Below are links to information we believe will be helpful in your research.
Here is a list of the most frequently asked question and their answers:
Q: I want to buy some microspheres and reagents from your company. How could I send the order to you and how could I pay for you?
A: Please view our pricelist to choose from different microspheres and reagents you would require. Orders can be placed by phone/email/fax using a Purchase Order. Orders can be processed only upon receipt of the authorized PO or payment pre arranged and approved. We do not accept credit cards.
Q: What microsphere color should we choose when we need one color? and if we need several type of colors, how should we choose them?
A: All of our microspheres are unique and equally sensitive. So you can choose any number of available colors from the pricelist.
Q: What kind of tube can we use to send the samples for analysis?
A: Please use only polypropylene tubes to send the samples. Customer can purchase tubes from us (we supply them at nominal cost) or can use their own tube as long as they are made of polypropylene and are sealed in zip-lock bags with reference blood samples in their own individual bags.
Q: We want to compare in each organ the perfusion during an extra corporeal circulation and after it. We planed brain, cardiac, liver, kidney and bowel samples. How many samples of each organ are mandatory to optimize the statistical analysis?
A: It does not really matter how many samples you make from each organ. See our pricelist for more details on the tissue/blood sample weights and analysis fees.
Q: For tissue biopsy samples, to simplify the transportation by mail, the fixation with formaldehyde seems the more convenient. Can you precise me the protocol of formaldehyde fixation (dose, time, concentration of formaldehyde, etc.)?
A: Samples do not need any formaldehyde or formalin fixing to be analyzed. If you do add any formaldehyde or formalin to the tissues, please decant them before sending to us. If you are doing multiple animals, you can refrigerate all your samples until they are all ready and then send them all at once. If you are not planning to ship the over night place some ice packs in the box.
Q: For Tissue and Blood samples transportation by mail, do we need refrigerated boxes or standard boxes are useful?
A:You do NOT have to keep the tissues and blood samples refrigerated while shipping. If you want you can place the samples in the tubes in the bags into a Styrofoam box, add some ice packs and mail directly to us.
Here are the documents you can download. Included is our Price List, Sample Inventory Log spreadsheet, validation studies, “CARE” principles, Amount to inject spreadsheet.
Price List - IMT price list and ordering instructions
Sample Inventory Log Spreadsheet - Electronic form for sending experiment sample information to IMT
How Much to Inject Worksheet - A simple spreadsheet with different calculation regarding the amount of microspheres needed to inject for accurate results.
“CARE” (Concern Application Reassurance Empathy) - Document describing our customer support principles.
EZ-Trac Validation Study – Journal article validation IMT's E-Z Trac Microspheres for the measurement of regional blood flow.
Nu-Flow Validation Study – Radioactive and NuFlow microsphere validation research.
A searchable database containing a core of 800 radioactive microspheres regional blood flow studies from the invention of the technique in 1965 to 1980 with additional blood flow studies published by IMT's Customers with E-Z Trac and NuFlow microspheres.
Go to the Reference Database
New to IMT. As the site is in its beginning, we are attempting to develop a community that can assist in the passing of information to fellow researchers performing regional blood flow studies. Feel free to browse or ask question regarding the use of microspheres for research purposes.
Go to the Bulletin Board
A list of related web sites including research centers and journals.
Regional Blood Flow Sites:
Fluorescent Microsphere Resource Center : http://fmrc.pulmcc.washington.edu/
Fluorescent Microsphers resource Center 's Manual: http://fmrc.pulmcc.washington.edu/DOCUMENTS/FMRC599.pdf
Flow Cytometry sites:
Perdu University Cytometry Laboratories: http://www.cyto.purdue.edu
Becton, Dickinson & Co. http://www.bdbiosciences.com/
Journal of Surgery
Journal of Applied Physiology
Journal of Urology
American Journal of Pathology
American Journal of Physiology
Journal of Clinical Investigation