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MRI/CT/PET Services

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


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-, 11C- and 124I-tracers) 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 1,800 sq ft of laboratory space, in which are housed three imaging modalities (MRI, PET and SPECT/CT), animal anesthesia equipment, two 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 9.4T MR scanner was purchased with support from a high-end shared instrumentation grant which replaced the old 4.7T Tesla in summer of 2018. 
  • The combined microPET/CT system was purchased in July 2007.
  • The Mediso SPECT/CT was installed in 2016 through Radiochemistry
  • 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
  • FDG PET/CT (P18/C11)
  • Molecular PET using 64Cu and 124I
  • High-resolution Specimens CT
  • All bone and lung/soft tissue in vivo/ex vivo CT
  • Functional MRI (FMRI)
  • Cardiac MR
  • Metabolic IH-MRS
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) ​

       Rat Brain Images with New 9.4 Tesla MRI