The SAIF combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and a nationally recognized staff to assist investigators with a wide range of imaging based experimental approaches. The SAIF currently provides a comprehensive suite of imaging modalities including:
• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS)
• Optical imaging (including bioluminescence, fluorescence, and near-infrared imaging)
• Computed tomography (CT)
• Positron emission tomography (PET)
• Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
• Ultrasound (US)
In addition, dedicated housing is available for mice and rats undergoing longitudinal imaging studies. Ancillary facilities and resources of the SAIF are devoted to chemistry, radiochemistry, image analysis and animal tumor models, including assistance with animal handling.
"To prevent the spread of disease among the general animal population, SAIF provides its own animal housing. Any animal, once scanned in any SAIF facility, may not be taken back to its original housing facility without going through quarantine.
Animals are expected to be housed in SAIF only for longitudinal studies."
"The Small Animal Imaging Facility has Radiology Research Technicians who can provide all necessary study support, including anesthetic induction, maintenance, monitoring and postoperative care for all animals involved in a study. These technicians are Certified Veterinary Technicians and AALAS Registered Laboratory Animal Technologists. They are trained and skilled in Laboratory Animal Anesthesia and Surgical Support."