Services and Pricing

Metabolic Core Services and Pricing

Comprehensive Lab Animal Monitoring System (CLAMS)

clams_351x157The Columbus Instruments Comprehensive Lab Animal Monitoring System (CLAMS) is a system of 16 metabolic cages which allows for simultaneous measurement of numerous metabolic parameters including oxygen consumption (VO2), carbon dioxide production (VCO2), respiratory exchange ratio (RER), food consumption, locomotor activity levels, and (using implantable transmitters) core body temperature and heart rate.

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These instruments provide precise body composition measurements of fat, lean, free water, and total water masses in either tissue samples or live animals weighing up to 100 grams. Users can conduct the MRIs themselves (self-service) by signing up with the link below, or the Core will MRI all mice before any CLAMS experiment (full-service).

Sign up for self-serve MRI and complete the MRI Request Form.

flir_351x265FLIR Infrared Camera

The FLIR T420SC Thermal Imaging Camera and ResearchIR software enable users to measure heat lost due to thermal radiation, a potentially significant mechanism of weight loss and energy homeostasis.



bomb_351x271Oxygen Bomb Calorimetry

A Parr 6725EA Semimicro Calorimeter and 1107 Oxygen Bomb allow measurement of the energy content of fecal waste from mice following different genetic or environmental stimuli, enabling crucial assessment of food metabolism efficiency in experimental mice.

calr_351x244Data Analysis

The CLAMS data are analyzed using software developed by the Metabolic Core specifically for indirect calorimetry analysis. This software, called CalR, is web-based and available for free on The data analysis service generates a complete package of time, bar and regression plots customized to your experiment.

Services BIDMC or HDDC External
16 cage CLAMS usage/day $150.00 $300.00
Maintenance fee/run $250.00 $250.00
CLS housing/day/cage $1.27 $1.27
Data analysis/hour $25.00 $50.00
Temperature probe/mouse $29.00 $56.00
Injection/mouse $8.00 $16.00
FLIR training /hour $51.00 $102.00
FLIR usage/hour $57.00 $114.00
Bomb calorimetry/sample $24.00 $48.00
MRI self-usage/hour $50.00 $100.00
MRI usage/hour $75.00 $150.00