Markey Cancer Center Small Animal Imaging Facility (MCCSAIF)
The goal of the Markey Cancer Center Small Animal Imaging Facility is to provide state-of-the-art small animal imaging services to researchers in the Markey Cancer Center of University of Kentucky.
These services include multi-modality imaging, advanced statistical data analysis and a satellite animal facility for longitudinal studies.
The MCCSAIF provides comprehensive imaging support services for MCC investigators, including:
- Assistance in experimental design
- Preparing animals for studies, inducing and maintaining appropriate anesthesia and immobilization of animals during imaging
- Assistance in harvesting and marking appropriate tissues for correlation of macroscopic, microscopic and imaging characteristics of the tissue or organ
- Processing and interpreting data for publication or grant preparation
The technology provided by major instruments at the facility is applicable to a wide range of cancer research areas that include tumor biology, metastasis and signal transduction. The facility is also equipped to develop animal models and perform surgical procedures to support in vivo imaging studies with these instruments.