The major goal of the small animal imaging program is establishment of novel imaging approaches to neuroscience, cancer, inflammation, developmental therapeutics using animal models and pharmacodynamic endpoints. State-of-the-art imaging facilities are extremely expensive and require advanced technical personnel.
Modern non-invasive imaging technologies include:
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI for anatomic, physiologic, and molecular imaging)
- Computed Tomography (CT for anatomic imaging)
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET for metabolic and molecular imaging)
- Optical Imaging (Bioluminescence, Fluorescence)
Our Small Animal Imaging Core provides following imaging platforms:
- MRI (4.7 Tesla/ 16 cm Bruker MRI PharmaScan)
- PET (Siemens Inveon animal PET scanner)
- CT (Siemens Inveon animal CT scanner, docked to the PET scanner)
- Optical bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging (Xenogen IVIS200)
- Animal and Cell Irradiation
- VisualSonic US is available through Cardiology Dept
- Human-size Philips PET/CT for larger animals is available through Radiology Dept
- Human-size 3T GE MRI is available through Psychiatry Dept.
NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant for a 9.4 Tesla MRI is pending.