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New Small Animal PET/CT on NU Chicago Campus


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The Small Animal Division of CTI with the support of the Department of Radiology and the the Feinberg School of Medicine will be installing a new small animal PET/CT (Mediso NanoScan) in the Lower Court of the Olson Pavilion (710 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, 60611)

The system will be adjacent to CTI’s existing High Field Small Animal MRI (Bruker, ClinScan) and will provide the NU research community with a multimodality Nuclear and MR Imaging platform for a broad range of translational projects in oncology, neurology and cardiology. The Small Animal division will provide  scientific and technical support for the design, development and implementation of diverse quantitative in vivo experiments investigating anatomy, function and metabolism in several animal models of disease (mice and rats). In collaboration with NU researchers, CTI staff can facilitate the integration of non-invasive imaging techniques into a broad range of biomedical research projects.

The imaging scanners (MRI/PET/CT) will be made available as a core facility to the Northwestern community by mid-March 2015 (  It will be possible to use each instrument as a single imaging modality or as a combined one to obtain a full set of multi-parametric measurements. If needed, support can also be provided for post-acquisition processing of images and data analysis. CTI’s IACUC and Radiation Material handling protocols are already in place and any Northwestern investigator interested in using these instruments will be able to easily amend his/her protocol by referencing Approved Animal Procedures (AAP) for PET/CT and/or MRI.

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