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MRI/CT/PET Services

Kendra Huber

The Animal Imaging Shared Resource's Small Animal Imaging Service offers MRI, CT and PET services to CU Cancer Center member and non-members.

**New high-field 9.4 Tesla MRI to provide high-quality, high-resolution images used as an essential step toward new medicines and treatments for cancer will be installed November 2017.**


Our facility is fully equipped for magnetic resonance imaging and proton spectroscopy (MRI/ 1H-MRS) studies on small animals.  All 18FDG-PET  (as well as other 18F- and 124I-tracers) and bone- and soft-tissue (enhanced) CT protocols are available. All standard operating procedures (SOP) for animal imaging are in placed and approved by the IACUC. The facility is currently comprised of approximately 1,400 sq ft of laboratory space, in which are housed three imaging modalities (MRI, PET and CT), animal anesthesia equipment, one physiological monitoring system, animal warming equipment, radiation decay area and computers and data processing systems.

  • The Small Animal Imaging has been in existence since 2005.
  • The MR scanner was purchased in 2005 with support from an NIH-sponsored Shared Instrumentation grant (PI: N. Serkova).
  • The combined microPET/CT system was purchased in July 2007 from collaborative internal grant to the School of Medicine (PI: N. Serkova, supported by the Cancer Center, Depts. Radiology, Anesthesiology, the National Jewish Center as well as the Dean Office).
  • All equipment maintenance, protocol development, quality controls, as well as assistance provided to users of the resource is performed by Dr. Serkova, Radiologist Technologist Kendra Huber (B.S., MR/CT RT), and Jenna Steiner (AAS, CVT).


  • Volumetric MRI and CT
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI)
  • Diffusion Weighted MRI (DWI)
  • SPIO T2 MRI Maps
  • Molecular PET using 64Cu and 124I
  • High-resolution Specimens CT