Services

Getting Started

  • Service Request
     
  • Consultation
    • It is recommended that the investigator contacts the center specialist to review the purpose and overall design of the study, especially for the PET/CT imaging projects. This is important for investigators with little or no prior experience with animal imaging. The key points to discuss prior to performing studies include the study hypothesis, which modalities are most appropriate to the task, what studies are feasible, how many studies will be required, the study design, how to fill out scheduling and service request form, investigator responsibilities, imaging requisition and data analysis.

 Data Access and Processing

  • All imaging data will be archived in secured network system. Selected representative images can be provided to the user at the end of an imaging study. Comprehensive image interpretation and analysis is typically provided in a collaborative effort. To assist investigators with their imaging data, the Center is equipped with two additional computers with advanced data analysis software and raw data access. If the user does not wish to perform additional post-processing him/herself, please discuss data analysis goals with the center specialist to coordinate the best means for achieving accurate and consistent analysis. Advanced post-processing including three-dimensional display, image fusion, molecular/anatomic overlay, and quantitative image analysis may be provided.

 
Facility Procedures and Requirements
 

  • Biosecurity –  Animals may be introduced from approved Rutgers facilities or directly from approved commercial vendors.  Introduction of animals to the facility is contingent on approval from Rutgers Laboratory Animal Services and is based the health status of both the animals and the facility where they are coming from.  Once an animal has been transported to the Imaging Facility, it cannot be transported out again.

  • IACUC- Required institutional approvals (IACUC) must be provided prior to initiation of services. The training protocol may be used for feasibility studies. All animals to be imaged must be housed in the 41 Gordon Road animal care facility. Introduction and transportation of animals to the facility is contingent on approval from Laboratory Animal Services (LAS). Contact David Reimer reimerd@las.rutgers.edu for any IACUC issues. Contact David Miller millerdl@las.rutgers.edu to arrange animal transportation.‚Äč

 

  • Completion of Study- For longitudinal studies, animals will be housed in the 41 Gordon Rd. facility. After a study is completed, it is expected that the animals will be euthanized. If a termination procedure is required, it must be conducted in the procedure room of the Animal Facility or the procedure rooms in the Imaging Center.