Imaging is becoming an increasingly important component in the development of new therapeutics. It provides a non invasive method of obtaining quantitative data in longitudinal studies, allowing assessment of the effects of interventions, the progression of disease with time and a route for interventions. We are able to offer a comprehensive imaging service including image acquisition [MRI -1.5, 3,7, 9.4 T for dogs and cats at all listed field strengths) CT (4,64 slices) PET, SPECT, Ultrasound, Plain and contrast radiographs and DEXA] image processing, and image interpretation. Custom image acquisition protocols and custom image processing routines can be developed. Our imaging services are coordinated by a veterinary radiologist with medical physicist support. In addition to providing a comprehensive imaging service we can also provide animal housing and other related services, providing a total research development and execution facility.
The brain can be imaged in a variety of different ways, the choice of imaging modality depending on the research question being answered. Imaging modalities that can be utilized include MRI, CT, PET and SPECT. A variety of different quantitative measures can be provided including volumetric and functional data.
Whole body or organ specific protocols are used in a variety of different disease models and naturally occurring disease states. These include cancer imaging using MRI, PET or SPECT and ultrasound, assessment of the effects of therapeutics and feeding behavior using DEXA for body composition measurements and MRI for quantifying fat depot volumes and musculoskeletal imaging. Specific organ measurements can involve virtually any imaging modality, depending on the research question posed.
Image processing involves computer based computational methods to extract quantitative data from images. These range from simple volumetric analyses to more complex analyses based on tissue segmentation.