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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.





  • 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: 

Hillman Cancer Center,

5117 Centre Ave. 

Pgh PA 15232 

Links and Resources

  1. Core Website -


Name Role Phone Email Location
Carolyn Anderson
PET/CT Department Head
Bridgeside Suite 452
Kathryn Day
Technician/Maintain PET/CT Facility
Hillman Cancer Center G.12
Tao Jin
MRI Operations Manager
McGowan Institute, Room 156
Steve Thorne
Optical and Ultrasound Imaging Leader
G.16 HCC
Weizhou Hou
Optical and Ultrasound Imaging Technician
G.16 HCC
T. Kevin Hitchens
MRI Facility Director
McGowan Institute, Room 159.03


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