Preclinical Imaging Core

Small Animal Imaging for intra- and extramural researchers

Notice to all Research Resources Center Customers

In order to minimize COVID-19 spread, the Research Resources Center, Preclinical Imaging Core is implementing the following temporary mandatory guidelines for using this core:

  • All customers entering the core space must wear new, clean gloves
  • If there is a need to remove gloves, wash your hands with soap frequently and for at least 20 seconds. Do not touch your face or other individuals. Replace gloves as soon as possible
  • Instead of shaking hands, exchange greetings with a wave, bow, or nod
  • Try to keep at least one meter/three feet distance between yourself and others
  • Disinfect anything you used during your visit with 70% ETOH or other disinfectant after every use
  1. Anesthesia machine in B07 and B29
  2. Items in animal holding room (B32)
  3. Computers
  4. Animal holders
  5. RF coils
  6. MRI console
  7. Water chillers
  8. Animal air heating system
  9. Animal surgical tools
  10. Any other equipment used in the core
  • Dispose of any waste from experiments to designated containers
  • Report any suspicious materials

If you have any flu like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) please do not use the core services. You should stay home and follow the appropriate guidelines as indicated by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Р

The Preclinical Imaging Core (PIC) facility aims to promote Small Animal Imaging for all researchers.

PIC facility, located in the NMRL building, houses:

  1. a 31cm bore size 9.4T Agilent MRI system that can provide the full support of MRS and MRI studies in small animals (including mouse, rat, rabbit);
  2. a 129Xe hyperpolarizer that provides high-purity, hyperpolarized 129Xe for gas phase magnetic resonance studies;
  3. two sets of isofluorane anesthesia system, body temperature control, and vital signs monitoring system were installed;
  4. two sets of home-designed isolation chamber systems for infected animals and animals from extramural research projects.