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Animal Imaging Shared Resource

Animal Imaging


Oncologic imaging is one of the fastest developing areas in cancer research because it answers multiple mechanistic and translational questions by noninvasive means and often in real time. The Animal Imaging Shared Resource (AISR) provides CU Cancer Center investigators access to state-of-the-art imaging instrument to facilitate non-invasive animal imaging studies. We offer MRI, PET, CT, bioluminescence, and fluorescence imaging. In addition, NMR-based metabolomics and irradiation services are available. We provide our investigators with the established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all imaging-related animal handling and help in submitting to the IACUC.

AISR is the only facility in Colorado that provides comprehensive expertise in small animal imaging. Our goal is to facilitate all aspects of cutting-edge pre-clinical and translational cancer imaging. This will facilitate the initiation of high-quality animal cancer research by CU Cancer Center members. AISR is strongly supported by the University of Colorado Cancer Center (UCCC), Colorado CTSA (CCTSI) and the Dean and Vice-Chancellor of Research Offices.

The state-of-the art 9.4 Tesla MRI scanner has been installed summer of 2018 from a $2 million NIH grant.

Small Animal Imaging Service

The MRI/PET/CT/MRS services of the Animal Imaging Shared Resource is part of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Network of Translational Technologies. 

MRI/PET/CT Services

Optical Imaging Services

Metabolomics Services

Internal Advisory Board

  • Nichole Reisdorph, PhD, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Raj Agarwal, PhD, Associate Professor, CCTSI, Pharmaceutical Sciences​​
  • Carol Sartorius, PhD, Associate Professor, Cancer Cell Biology, Pathology, SOM
  • Sana Karam​, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cancer Lung, Head and Neck, Radiation Oncology​

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