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In Vivo Imaging



The IVISR provides MR, photoacoustic, CT, ultrasound, high-resolution planar gamma imaging, and PET of mice and rats. Support and expertise includes imaging physics, biological applications, animal support, image computation, optical hardware and software, diagnostic agent chemistry, preparation of F18 labeled radiotracers, and kinetic modeling.

Up to 4.7T MR imaging allows for rapid acquisition of high resolution volumes both with and without contrast. Photoacoustic imaging can create high definition images of fluorescent optical markers at greater depths, overlaid across clear ultrasound images of anatomy. High-resolution optical imaging complements MR and PET imaging by increasing image quantitation and kinetic modeling. High- resolution ultrasound imaging permits quantitation of tumor size, as well as, measurement of left ventricular volume for recovery correction of MR and PET sampled input functions. Most importantly it permits the use of in situ tumor models. A key contribution of ultrasound to cancer research in mice is the ability to image in sterile fashion and to do so without the need for anesthesia. This permits frequent monitoring of tumor growth or regression following interventions.


In Vivo Imaging Services

Here is a list of services provided by this resource. Please expand the panels for more detail.

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Recharge Rates

​Item Code
Item Description
​Unit Cost
DI0004A1Technical Support - Participating Member$22
DI0004A2Technical Support - Associate Member$50
DI0004BTechnical Support - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty$50
DI0004C1Technical Support - Non-University, Non-profit$73
DI0004C2Technical Support - Non-University, For-profit$73
DI0004C3Technical Support - Cancer Centers Council$73
DI0005A1Deconvolution Microscope Rental - Participating Member$16
DI0005A2Deconvolution Microscope Rental - Associate Member$27
DI0005BDeconvolution Microscope Rental - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty$27
DI0005C1Deconvolution Microscope Rental - Non-University, Non-profit$39
DI0005C2Deconvolution Microscope Rental - Non-University, For-profit$39
DI0005C3Deconvolution Microscope Rental - Cancer Centers Council$39
DI0008A1Upright, Fluor. Microscope Rental - Participating Member$8
DI0008A2Upright, Fluor. Microscope Rental - Associate Member$10
DI0008BUpright, Fluor. Microscope Rental - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty$10
DI0008C1Upright, Fluor. Microscope Rental - Non-University, Non-profit$15
DI0008C2Upright, Fluor. Microscope Rental - Non-University,For-profit$15
DI0008C3Upright, Fluor. Microscope Rental - Cancer Centers Council$15
DI0009A1Conference Microscope Rental - Participating Member$4
DI0009A2Conference Microscope Rental - Associate Member$6
DI0009BConference Microscope Rental - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty$6
DI0009C1Conference Microscope Rental - Non-University, Non-profit$8
DI0009C2Conference Microscope Rental - Non-University, For-profit$8
DI0009C2Conference Microscope Rental - Cancer Centers Council$8
DI0010A1IVIS Imager - Participating Member$58
DI0010A2IVIS Imager - Associate Member$75
DI0010BIVIS Imager - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty$75
DI0010C1IVIS Imager - Non-University, Non-profit$109
DI0010C2IVIS Imager - Non-University, For-profit$109
DI0010C3IVIS Imager - Cancer Centers Council$109
DI0006A1Nikon A1R STORM 9-5 - Participating Member$37
DI0006A2Nikon A1R STORM 9-5 - Associate Member$46
DI0012BNikon A1R STORM 9-5 - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty$46
DI0012C1Nikon A1R STORM 9-5 - Non-University, Non-profit$67
DI0012C2Nikon A1R STORM 9-5 - Non-University, For-profit$67
DI0012C3Nikon A1R STORM 9-5 - Cancer Centers Council$67
DI0013A1Nikon A1R STORM outside 9-5 - Participating Member$24
DI0013A2Nikon A1R STORM outside 9-5 - Associate Member$32
DI0013BNikon A1R STORM outside 9-5 - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty$32
DI0013C1Nikon A1R STORM outside 9-5 - Non-University, Non-profit$47
DI0013C2Nikon A1R STORM outside 9-5 - Non-University, For-profit$47
DI0013C3Nikon A1R STORM outside 9-5 - Cancer Centers Council$47
DI0014A1Training - Participating Member$55
DI0014A2Training - Associate Member$110
DI0014BTraining - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty$110
DI0014C1Training - Non-University, Non-profit$159
DI0014C2Training - Non-University, For-profit$159
DI0014C3Training - Cancer Centers Council$159
DI0016A1Keyence Fluorescence Microscope 9-5 - Participant Member$18
DI0016A2Keyence Fluorescence Microscope 9-5 - Associate Member$18
DI0016BKeyence Fluorescence Microscope 9-5 - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty$24
DI0016C1Keyence Fluorescence Microscope 9-5 - Non-University, Non-profit$35
DI0016C2Keyence Fluorescence Microscope 9-5 - Non-University, For-profit$35
DI0016C3Keyence Fluorescence Microscope 9-5 - Cancer Centers Council$35
DI0017A1Keyence Fluorescence Microscope Outside 9-5 - Participant Member$9
DI0017A2Keyence Fluorescence Microscope Outside 9-5 - Associate Member$12
DI0017BKeyence Fluorescence Microscope Outside 9-5 - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty$12
DI0017C1Keyence Fluorescence Microscope Outside 9-5 - Non-University, Non-Profit$18
DI0017C2Keyence Fluorescence Microscope Outside 9-5 - Non-University, For-Profit$18
DI0017C3Keyence Fluorescence Microscope Outside 9-5 - Cancer Centers Council$18



Since all equipment requires training before independent use, scheduling is maintained by the IVISR manager. Please contact Christ Barback via email ( or phone (858-822-2862) to discuss booking time on the machines and hourly rates, as well as developing protocols or procedures.


David R. Vera, PhD
Radiopharmaceuticals and tracers

Carl Hoh, MD
PET and gamma camera imaging

David Hall, PhD, DABR
Optics, fluorescent and photoacoustic imaging

Jiang Du, PhD
MR imaging and contrast


Most of the IVISR equipment is maintained in room B210 of the Moores Cancer Center, however the MRI is located next door in B207.



David R. Vera, PhD

Chris Barback, IVISR Manager

UC San Diego
Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive
MC 0803
La Jolla, CA 92093-0803
Room B211