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Small Animal Imaging Services

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:CT_3.jpg

  • 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)

  • Ultrasound

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)
  • New image guided irradiator was installed May 2017
  • 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 will be installed November 2017.