American Family Children's Hospital

The mission of the UW Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF) is to provide innovative, state-of-the-art, affordable, noninvasive, high-resolution, in-vivo and ex-vivo imaging support to UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) members, UW researchers, and industries that use small animal models in their research.



The facility director and manager provide consultations to investigators to determine which imaging methodologies are most suited to meet their research objectives.


The following are examples of parameters that can be tailored to answer your specific questions:

  • Animal diet and temperature
  • Anesthesia
  • Imaging modality
  • Contrast agent
  • Imaging time points
  • Scan duration
  • Gating
  • Temporal and spatial resolution
  • Static or dynamic framing
  • Image reconstruction

The director and manager can provide guidance to your overall study design, for example, whether to include control groups or to determine the number of subjects for statistical significance. Lastly, we can train you to accurately and efficiently analyze your data using our free-of-charge post-processing computers.


We provide three powerful PCs equipped with up to 64GB of RAM, dual 3.1 GHz processors, NVIDIA Quadro 4000 graphics cards, on a 64-bit Windows 7 OS to facilitate 2-D and 3-D image viewing, manipulation, and quantitative analysis of large files. The workstations are furnished with several imaging software packages including Siemens Inveon Research Workplace, Image J, GIMP, Amira, VivoQuant, and IVIS’s Living Image. We can easily convert imaging data to a universal DICOM format if you choose to perform analysis on your own workstation.


Learn more about the Small Animal Imaging Facility's Scientific Accomplishments


Any published research which received funding from the UWCCC Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG), including the use of UWCCC Shared Resources to generate or analyze data or conduct clinical trials, must reference the UWCCC. See Acknowledging UWCCC in Publications, Posters and Presentations.



Faculty Leader
Jamey P. Weichert 
(608) 265-0835

Facility Manager
Justin Jeffery
(608) 263-0959 

MRI Lab Contacts
Beth Meyerand 
(608) 263-1685 
Beth Rauch 
(608) 262-0967

Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) B1335  
Lab: (608) 263-0959 

Call the lab for directions to the lab and how to gain access.

Calendar Reservation System


 sfdsfOptical Image
View more images