Co-Directors: Abhijit Chaudhari, Ph.D., Allison Zwingenberger, D.V.M., M.A.S., Lorenzo Nardo, M.D., Ph.D.

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s In vivo Translational Imaging Shared Resource provides researchers expertise in large and small animal imaging.

The goal of In vivo Translational Imaging is to provide access to a broad range of in vivo imaging technologies including molecular imaging technologies such as positron emission tomography and optical imaging, quantitative physiologic imaging with ultrasound and contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT), and anatomic imaging with CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

It also provides targeted imaging probes and tracers, especially for positron emission tomography. Most importantly, it provides expertise in planning, executing and analyzing in vivo imaging studies. The resource can support imaging studies both in rodent models (primarily at the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging and the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility) and in larger animals with spontaneous cancers such as cats and dog (primarily in the Center for Imaging Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine).

This resource is located in three adjacent buildings in the Health Sciences district of the Davis campus:

  • Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging, Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility (small-animal imaging)
  • NMR Facility, Tupper Hall (small-animal MRI)
  • Center for Imaging Sciences, Veterinary School (large-animal imaging)

There are rodent vivaria in both Tupper Hall and the Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility, and housing for larger animals in the Center for Imaging Sciences.

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This resource is funded by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) awarded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI P30CA093373). Publications that have utilized facility resources, services or scientific data generated by the resource should acknowledge the resource or the assistance provided by resource staff and cite the NCI CCSG grant. An electronic copy of the publication should also be sent to the resource directors.

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