for screening antidepressant activity

Key features
How to order


The automated TST system for the tail suspension test allows a fast and reliable screening of the psychotropic properties (anti-depressants, sedatives) of drugs. 

Basically, the measuring principle is based on the energy developed by mice trying to escape from their suspension. During the test, the movements of the mice are analysed in terms of force, energy and power developed over time.

The automated tail suspension system includes the suspension cages (3 mice per cage) and a user-friendly software to run, record, analyse and replay the experiments.

The results are either printed or stored in .txt or.xls files formats.



Number of animals

1-3 mice if one set of cages is used
1-6 mice if 2 sets of cages are used


Black and white PVC


110-230 Volts- 9 volts DC


50 x 15 x 30 cm for a set of three cages

Acquisition sampling rate

200 Hz for the sensors
15 images/second for the camera

PC Requirements

OS: Windows 7 / 8, 32 64 bits, CPU: Intel Core i3, 2.4GHz or equivalent, RAM: 3Go, USB: USB 2 / USB 3, Display resolution: 1152x768 pixels, 1 free USB port / cage set + 1 free USB port for the camera, Compatible with touch-screen tablet using W8

How to order




Automated tail suspension test (wireless), 1 set of 3 cages for mice with software



1 additional set of 3 cages for mice



Optional USB video camera with its optic and stand to record suspension and adjust threshold




Tail suspension test upgrade to version 5 (return to factory)

How to order

Please contact our local delegates or contact us directly for receiving a quote.


Key features

  • Fully automatic and operator-independent
  • Includes 4 types of randomization processes of the animal list
  • Measurement of up to 6 animals in the same run
  • Full control of the calibration
  • High predictability for antidepressant effects in humans
  • Based on innate behaviours and despair models
  • Widely used in literature and deeply validated in phenotyping and pharmacology
  • Simple to set up and use
  • Replay possible with other parameters
  • Short-lasting experiment (usually 6 minutes)
  • Optional video recording to adjust the activity threshold
  • New wireless communication!


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