Preclinical In Vivo Imaging Facility

Overview of Services

 

Preclinical imaging of rodent models of cancer has proven highly valuable for elucidating cancer biology, determining early on whether a particular therapy is effective, and for translating molecular imaging modalities, agents and applications into clinical practice. At UPCI, small animal optical, ultrasound, MR and PET-CT imaging instrumentation reside in one location inside the Animal Facility barrier, enabling investigators to longitudinally image the same mice with multiple modalities. The experts at the IVIF help investigators design imaging studies, whether via single or multiple modalities, that will best address their scientific questions. Assistance with contrast agent development in the areas of optical, MR and PET imaging is also available.

 

 

Leadership

 

  • PET/CT - Carolyn Anderson, Department Head

  • MRI - T. Kevin Hitchens, Associate Professor of Neurobiology

  • Optical and Ultrasound Imaging - Steve Thorne, Assistant Professor

 

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Hours staffed:
Mon - Fri

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Open hours: 
24/7

Hillman Cancer Center,

5117 Centre Ave. 

Pgh PA 15232 

Links and Resources

  1. Core Website - http://www.upci.upmc.edu/imaging/

Contacts

Name Role Phone Email Location
Carolyn Anderson
PET/CT Department Head
 
412-624-6887
 
andersoncj@upmc.edu
 
Bridgeside Suite 452
 
Kathryn Day
Technician/Maintain PET/CT Facility
 
412-864-7960
 
dayk@upmc.edu
 
Hillman Cancer Center G.12
 
Tao Jin
MRI Operations Manager
 
412-383-8010
 
taj6@pitt.edu
 
McGowan Institute, Room 156
 
Steve Thorne
Optical and Ultrasound Imaging Leader
 
412-623-4896
 
thornesh@upmc.edu
 
G.16 HCC
 
Weizhou Hou
Optical and Ultrasound Imaging Technician
 
412-623-1390
 
houw2@upmc.edu
 
G.16 HCC
 
T. Kevin Hitchens
MRI Facility Director
 
412-383-8011
 
tkh17@pitt.edu
 
McGowan Institute, Room 159.03
 

Services

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