Small Animal Imaging Facility

Mission

SAIF

The Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF) of the University of Pennsylvania provides multi-modality radiological imaging and image analysis for cells, tissues, and small animals. 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), and 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.

SAIF

Drs. Mitchell Schnall and Jerry Glickson serve as Faculty Co-Directors for the SAIF, and Dr. Stephen Pickup serves as Technical Director.

The SAIF is organized into four Imaging Sub-Cores, each of which is overseen by a faculty director, as well as an animal holding unit. These include: