Multimodal Imaging Core

The Multimodal Imaging Core provides services to investigators locally, regionally, and nationally, encompassing scales that range from molecular to whole-animal imaging. The mission of the Core is to support the research of investigators and trainees in qualitative and quantitative imaging applications, and to assist with study design, data interpretation, extramural grant submissions, and to conduct preclinical and IND-enabling studies with nonhuman primates.

The Core provides in vivo imaging services including ultrasound imaging, optical imaging, computed tomography (CT), and positron emission tomography (PET) with a dedicated high-resolution brain scanner (πPET), total-body PET/CT µBioExplorer,, and a GE PET/CT scanner. In addition, radiochemistry services are provided through a partnership with the UC Davis Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging.

Core faculty work in an integrated manner to implement the imaging goals of the program, and to ensure investigators have the depth and breadth of imaging opportunities to conduct their research and to submit NIH grants and IND applications. The Core provides a range of services (e.g., protocol development and optimization, operating all imaging systems, image processing, quantitative analysis) including daily operational management, data backup/sharing, preventative and routine maintenance, and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC). The Multimodal Imaging Core faculty and staff work in an efficient manner to meet the imaging needs of investigators nationwide.

The Core also provides slide sectioning and staining services specific to nonhuman primates and whole slide scanning.