Electrode Systems

Invivo Research Electrode Systems are ideal for acute and/or chronic electrical stimulation or recording in animals of all sizes. Their system is manufactured with assorted wire diameters and materials to meet the diverse specifications of all types of researchers. The customized PlasticsOne Electrode Systems are proudly made with quality in the USA.

The Cannula Electrode System is comprised of three basic parts:
Stimulates or records activity within the animal
Custom Cables
Connect the electrodes with the researcher’s data acquisition devices or neural stimulation devices
(electrical swivels) To be used for acute or chronic studies
Other accompanying PlasticsOne parts, such as mounting holders, screwdrivers, mounting screws, drill bits, and drill holders, complete the system

Electrode Systems Catalog

Electrodes for mice

The Electrodes are made with stainless steel for traditional studies, and platinum or tungsten for use in MRI studies. They are made in standard channel configurations or can be custom designed. Some of their standard configurations include: 2, 3, 6, and 12 Channels. The 6 Channel System allows the researcher to choose 6 custom, individual electrodes to create an entirely unique system. PlasticsOne Customer Service also accommodates researcher designed parts as well as being available to help design other custom configurations.

The custom designed Cables are specifically made to fit the Electrodes in all channel and material options. Since they are custom, they are made to uniquely fit each researcher’s needs and requirements. Our Cables are used between the electrode and the commutator, or between the electrode and the data acquisition devices or neural stimulation devices. We offer many different plug terminations to fit seamlessly with these devices, and can also used customer supplied plug terminations. One of the option offerings is a stainless steel spring and a stainless steel mesh covering to minimize damage from other animals while being housed together during the research study. Cable lengths can be personalized also.

The PlasticsOne Electrode System also offers researchers their custom designed Commutators, also known as Electrical Swivels. When behavioral studies require the animal to be unrestricted in its movement, a commutator is used. With an interior opening in the center, it allows the researcher to join fluid or optogenetic studies with the use of the commutator. They have multiple channel offerings that will meet each researcher’s experimentation needs. Their commutators are low noise and environmentally safe, and are made with a double brush and ring system to assure electrical continuity. We also offers a single brush commutator for use in mice or other small animals to reduce torque. If a specific design isn’t listed on the website, please contact PlasticsOne Customer Service, and they can help design a solution, even with customer supplied parts.

When a researcher requires infusion in addition to electrical stimulation or recording, PlasticsOne’s product line also offers guide/electrode combinations in custom configurations such as:

Simultaneous Electrode/Guide Cannula Systems combine a guide cannula with an electrode so that infusion can occur simultaneously with electrical stimulation or recording. Since they are two separate parts, they can also be used individually also
Sequential Electrode/Guide Cannula System combines a guide cannula with an electrode so that infusion can occur at the same site within the animal where electrical stimulation or recording is needed.