UPMC Hillman Cancer Center In Vivo Imaging Facility (IVIF) – Preclinical Ultrasound Imaging

The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center IVIF preclinical ultrasound imaging service provides expertise and equipment that enable researchers to investigate in vivo events in small animal (rodent) models, particularly models of cancer biology and therapy response.  Ultrasound imaging provides primarily structural information in real-time, allowing non-invasive determination of organ parameters (such as tumor size) in three dimensions, as well as following events related to cardiac function and blood flow. 

Use of targeted or non-targeted ultrasound contrast agents can provide additional information regarding perfusion rates, receptor biodistribution, etc.  Use of targeted microbubble disruption allows targeted delivery of drugs or genes to specific organs.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center IVIF Preclinical Ultrasound Imaging web site