Applied Lab

The IPL consists of state-of-the-art equipment that allows us to assess various aspects of cardiovascular and metabolic function along with exercise testing and training capabilities.

Exercise Testing and Training

  • 2 Parvo Medics True One 2400 oxygen uptake units and 12-lead ECG unit
  • Cosmed K4b2 portable oxygen uptake unit
  • 2 Trackmaster motorized treadmills and Lode Excalibur Sport Cycle Ergometer
  • Actigraph physical activity monitors
  • NuSteps, treadmills, elipitical trainers, cycle ergometers, and arm ergometers
  • Full circuit of resistance equipment – HUR (Finland), which uses pneumatic resistance.

Cardiovascular Function

  • 2 Hitachi-Aloka α-10 high resolution ultrasounds for standard echocardiography, tissue Doppler imaging, and vessel imaging (e.g. endothelial function, carotid IMT)
  • 2 SphygmaCor – pulse wave analyses, arterial stiffness, central blood pressure
  • Finometer Pro – non-invasive beat-to-beat blood pressure monitor for acquisition of hemodynamic variables
  • WinCPRS Biosignal software used to assess autonomic function
  • Hokanson EC-6 Strain Gauge Plethysmography and Rapid Cuff Inflator for determining resistance vessel vasodilatory capacity
  • Biopac MP 150 Data Acquisition system with multichannel interface
  • Hausmann electronic tilt table
  • Vascular Research Tools; automated software to analyze vascular ultrasound images for measures of endothelial function (e.g. flow mediated dilation)
  • Aloka Prosound speckle tracking software used to detect cardiac strain rate
  • Lower body negative pressure unit – used to assess cardiovascular control mechanisms
  • Neck suction/pressure unit – used to assess baroreceptor sensitivity
  • Microneurography – used to examine muscle sympathetic nerve activity
  • Trans-cranial Doppler 2 – used to detect blood flow patterns in the large arteries of the brain

Metabolic Function

  • Parvo Medics True One resting metabolic rate with canopy
  • YSI 2300 STAT Plus Glucose & Lactate analyzer

Additional Capabilities

  • Clinical space for blood draws, meal tests, oral glucose tolerance tests, etc.
  • Refrigerated centrifuge
  • Infusion pumps
  • Access to DEXA (iDEXA from GE)