Small Animal Multimodal Imaging service

Small animal (pre-clinical) imaging is a vital tool in biomedical research that allows biological processes and potential medicines to be studied in animal models using non-invasive methods. The service offers some of the most relevant pre-clinical imaging modalities, namely, MRI, in vivo Bioluminiscence and Fluorescence Imaging, and micro-CT. These techniques are essential for preclinical evaluation and characterization of new diagnostic and therapeutic agents. The combined use of these technologies and new highly specific imaging probes are the basis of molecular imaging.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a very versatile technique that offers not only excellent morphological information, but also functional and physiological. Furthermore, important advances during last years in the development of highly sensitive contrast agents using nanotechnology approaches have brought MRI into the molecular imaging arena. Thus, small animal MRI scanners have become a key tool in the development of magnetic nanoparticles for medical diagnosis and therapy.

  • Bruker BioSpec 9.4T animal MRI system
  • Preclinical imaging basics (external site)

Fluorescent and Bioluminescent Optical Imaging

    The use of fluorescent and bioluminescent techniques for small animal-based studies into cancer, arthritis and heart disease have grown tremendously in recent years. Part of the Multimodal Imaging Service, Bionand offers the Carestream In-Vivo Xtreme animal imaging system which allows up to five mice to visualized simultaneously using fluorescence and bioluminence methods.

  • Bruker In vivo Xtreme
  • Multimodal animal imaging

Computed Tomography

  • Bruker Albira micro-CT