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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.