The In Vivo Optical Gene Imaging Facility offers CU Cancer Center members and other investigators the tools to image biological processes in live experimental animals based on powerful, non-invasive bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging.
We use a state-of-the-art Xenogen IVIS200 imaging device that is specifically designed to visualize genetically labeled cells, such as tumor cells, and proteins, such as those that stimulate cancer growth in live animals. It does so by recording light emitted from the genetic labels, such as firefly luciferase, located within the animals.
Requirements for Animal Protocols:
How to use the Optical Imaging Service:
- Have your animal protocol approved.
- Arrange for instrument training with Barbara Frederick.
- The campus badging office will then give you a key card to access the instrument. Barbara will assign each user group (PI) a user ID for the computer system attached to the Xenogen system.
- Request user time via email to Barbara Frederick. Please understand that you are not automatically guaranteed you will get the dates and times you request. Please place your request several days in advance to make sure your requested slot is available.
- We will email you when your request is approved.