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Services

Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF)

The Small Animal Imaging Facility offers a comprehensive array of services to accommodate a range of research needs. For questions about the facility’s capabilities or a specific project, please contact Bryn Eagleson

microCT

Computed tomography (CT) applies X-ray imaging to produce a 3-D anatomical tomographic image. The use of contrast media enables soft tissue segmentation and some functional imaging.

microPET

Positron emission tomography (PET) uses radioisotope-labeled tracers that are injected into or ingested by the subject. The radiation is measured and can be imaged in 3-D.

microSPECT

Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) uses radioisotope-labeled tracers that are injected into or ingested by the subject. The radiation is measured and can be imaged in 3-D.

Micro-ultrasound

During a micro-ultrasound, high-frequency sound waves are measured using transducers and reconstructed to create images. Micro-ultrasounds are capable of anatomical imaging and monitoring certain physiological processes.

Optical imaging

During optical imaging, bioluminescence and fluorescent light from the visible and near-infrared spectrum is imaged using high-sensitivity cameras to view distribution within the subject. The information is not quantitative and is most effective for regions of interest near the surface of the body.