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

The goal of the In Vivo Translational Imaging Shared Resource, or IVTISR, is to provide access to a broad range of in vivo imaging technologies. Available molecular imaging technologies include positron emission tomography (PET) and optical imaging, quantitative physiologic imaging with ultrasound and contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT), and anatomic imaging with CT, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 

The IVTISR also provides targeted imaging probes and tracers, especially for positron emission tomography.

Study support

IVTISR provides expertise in planning, executing and analyzing in vivo imaging studies. The resource can support imaging studies in rodent models (primarily at the  Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging), larger animals with spontaneous cancers such as cats and dogs (at the Center for Imaging Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine), and in humans (at the EXPLORER Molecular Imaging Center ).


The IVTISR is located in the Health Sciences district of the Davis campus and at the EXPLORER Molecular Imaging Center facility across from the UC Davis Health Midtown Clinic in Sacramento. Services are rendered at the following locations:

  • Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging; Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility (small-animal imaging)
  • Center for Imaging Sciences; School of Veterinary Medicine (large-animal imaging)
  • EXPLORER Molecular Imaging Center; School of Medicine (human imaging)

Rodent vivaria are located in both Tupper Hall and the Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility, and housing for larger animals is located 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. An electronic copy of the publication should also be sent to the resource directors.

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