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Small Animal Cancer Imaging Core

Co-Directors: Joseph Ackerman, PhD, Joel Garbow, PhD, and Richard Laforest, PhD

The Core provides state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure for MRI, PET, CT and optical tomography of mice, rats and other small laboratory animals that serve as models of cancer. Located in the heart of the Washington University Medical Center, the Core combines instrumental and intellectual capabilities found at few other institutions and serves a broad community of cancer scientists who have a pressing need for quantitative image analysis of small laboratory animal model systems.

In addition to supporting research applications of small-animal imaging, the Core also provides research and development at the frontier of imaging technology in an effort to make the most powerful new imaging strategies available to its community of users. The ancillary small-animal research services and capabilities currently available at the Washington University Medical Center are extraordinary. Support resources within the Core include consultation for experiment planning and data analysis, animal-procedure assistance for maintenance and monitoring of physiologic status during imaging, and informatics support for local and remote data access, analysis, visualization and archival. In addition to providing access to and maintenance of small-animal MRI, PET/CT, and optical imaging scanners and ancillary facilities, the Core services include assistance and training of researchers in imaging procedures and data analysis. Serving as a training center for small-animal cancer imaging science extends the impact and reach of the Core beyond that of simply providing imaging services.

Samuel Achilefu, PhD, Optical Imaging Core Faculty

Kooresh Shoghi, PhD, Core Faculty

Sheng-Kwei "Victor" Song, PhD, MRI operations Core faculty

Nicole Fettig, Manager, PET/CT

Cornell Blake, Technician

LOCATION: Barnes-Jewish Hospital South, East Building, Suite 2313

TO ACCESS: Call Joseph Ackerman at 314-747-1212

As of April 7, 2008, the NIH requires investigators with a publication using Siteman (or other NIH-funded) shared resources to submit (or have submitted for them) their final, peer reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central(PMC) upon acceptance of publication, to be made publicly available within 12 months of publication. Many journals automatically submit these for authors, but Washington University also has assistance available through the Becker Medical Library. Please see or for more information.

PUBLICATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: If research supported by the ll Animal Cancer Imaging Core results in publication, please acknowledge this support by including the following in your publication(s):

We thank the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., for the use of the ll Animal Cancer Imaging Core, which provided __________ service. The Siteman Cancer Center is supported in part by an NCI Cancer Center Support Grant #P30 CA91842.