Initiating Animal Imaging Studies

As a UNC imaging core facility, the BRIC-SAI Facility team strives to provide comprehensive imaging support for biomedical research. We encourage a wide range of collaborations between various groups to explore new imaging techniques, novel imaging contrast agents, or new applications in cancer research. Our current imaging modalities include:

  • MRI/MRS/fMRI
  • PET/CT
  • SPECT/CT
  • High Resolution CT
  • Bioluminescence/Fluorescence
  • Ultrasound
In addition to imaging services, we also offer the following services for imaging related studies:
  • Animal surgery or procedures for imaging studies, such as brain surgery, tumor implants, catheterization, probe verification, or tail vein injection
  • Experimental design/protocol development
  • Image data post-processing
  • Radioisotope order
  • Imaging based biodistribution

To initiate a study, you will need to fill out a Project Registration Form, where you need to briefly describe the project and resources you need from the SAI Facility. If you are unsure, you may indicate that you need to discuss the study with SAIF staff to determine an appropriate imaging strategy. The project will be reviewed by the SAI faculty for feasibility and scientific merit. You can also directly contact the BRIC-SAI Facility manager, Dr. Hong Yuan () to discuss the project that you would like to conduct in the facility.

Once your project form is approved, please consider amending your animal protocol. The facility has a core protocol covering standard procedures. Please contact Dr. Hong Yuan for protocol related issues.