The in vivo imaging program provides a unique depth and breadth of services offered for whole-animal imaging to meet a broad spectrum of investigator and colony needs. The Core functions within an organized structure with a high level of expertise for imaging and interpretation.

The Core develops innovative methods and techniques using state-of-the-art technologies. The Core has developed a complement of new techniques including those used to explore the pharmacokinetics of novelradiopharmaceuticals by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).

In Vivo Imaging Capabilities

  • Ultrasound imaging includes a spectrum of applications during pregnancy and an array of ultrasound-guided procedures that provide an efficient means for sample collection and delivery into a variety of anatomical sites across all age groups (fetal to aged).
  • From a colony management perspective, established fetal growth charts are routinely used to confirm gestational age in time-mated animals, and to predict gestational age in outdoor-housed animals where the time of conception is not known. Time-mated animals are screened annually, and evaluated once pregnant for assignment to research projects.
  • GE Discovery@ 610 PET/CT

  • Optical imaging

  • πPET

  • Total-body PET/CT provided through the µBioExplorer, the state-of-the-art in PET imaging

  • Radiochemistry

  • Pharmacokinetic analyses

  • Other related assays as arranged

Additional Services

  • Histology: Routine and custom services
  • Microscopy
  • Whole slide scans
  • Molecular assays as arranged


The University has established recharge rates. Costs will vary based on the services, equipment, and experimental protocol used.

Multimodal Imaging Core Rates [PDF]

For a cost estimate, to receive information on rates, and for other questions please contact:

Alice Tarantal, Ph.D.