The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Animal Imaging facility

Animal Imaging


COVID-19 Status

Self-operated instrumentation – fully operational:

a. Business as usual, with heightened safety
i. More PPE, more regular cleaning.
ii. One user per instrument – please avoid group sessions.
iii. Core Director is available electronically by phone and via video conferencing

Training/assistance: Partial Closure 3

a. Accepting projects on a case by case basis,
b. Contact core director for review/determination
c. New operators will likely be delayed – those in training can likely continue training via video conferencing.

Designed to assist members of the research community at UMass and on other Five College campuses to conduct research using live animal imaging technologies. The IVIS animal imager is the first such animal imager available for use in western Massachusetts.

  1. The SkyScan 1276 is a high performance, stand-alone, fast, desk-top in vivo micro-CT with continuously variable magnification for scanning small laboratory animals and biological samples. It has an unrivalled combination of high resolution, big image size, possibility for round and spiral (helical) scanning and reconstruction, and low dose imaging. The image field of view (up to 80 mm wide and more than 300 mm long) allows full body mouse and rat scanning.
  2. With Materials Testing Stage (MTS)
  • Animal Ultrasound: SonoVet Color Doppler Ultrasound System
    Offers live animal imaging with enhanced Doppler blood flow analysis. Reduces animal model numbers and experimental variation by allowing researchers to monitor disease or treatment progression in a smaller number of animals over time.


Internal Other Academic External
IVIS $80/hour $110/hour


Ultrasound $30/hour $40/hour $75/hour
Bruker uCT $70/hour $95/hour


Technical Services $75/hour $100/hour


FY21 Specialized Service Center Approved Fees