Small Animal Imaging and Radiotherapy Facility (SAIRF)

Contact Us

Faculty Leader: Jamey P. Weichert, 608-265-0835
Facility Manager: Justin Jeffery, 608-263-0959
Facility Staff: Ashley Weichmann, 608-263-0959
MRI Lab Contacts: Beth Meyerand, 608-263-1685, and Beth Rauch, 608-262-0967
Lab: 608-263-0959

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Small Animal Imaging and Radiotherapy Facility (SAIRF) is a comprehensive core facility of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC). We are dedicated to providing innovative, state-of-the-art, affordable, noninvasive, high-resolution, in-vivo and ex-vivo imaging and radiotherapy support to UWCCC investigators, University of Wisconsin researchers, and industry. Although the SAIRF is part of the UWCCC, we answer questions related to a broad spectrum of diseases and disciplines.

The Small Animal Imaging and Radiotherapy Facility (SAIRF) can provide advice and support to users who would like to integrate small animal imaging data into grant applications, proposals and manuscripts.

We are experienced with analyzing and interpreting imaging data as well as preparing manuscripts and presentations. As such, we can train users to conduct image analysis and we can help with manuscript writing and image and data presentation. For example, we can assist in writing imaging methods or generate eye-catching images and videos.

Download the Facility Description for grant proposals.

Contact Justin Jeffery to obtain a “Letter of Support”. View an example SAIRF Letter of Support.

Images and Videos

The Small Animal Imaging and Radiotherapy Facility is an award-winning facility, with four "Image of the Year" wins and honorable mentions since 2006.

3D rendering of an ex vivo μCT scan of a mouse lung cast to look for alterations in pulmonary airway developoment.

Using the Facility

SAIRF scans animals up to ~500 grams as well as inanimate objects for investigators. Our general workflow includes:

  • Consultation & study design
  • Animal Protocols & housing
  • Imaging/data acquisition

And more!

The Health Sciences Learning Center and Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research pictured from across the pond, with cattails in the foreground


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.

News from SAIRF

  • New UW iLab Site

    We are happy to announce the new UW iLab Core Facility Management website! The iLab core management application is a web-based solution designed to streamline core facility management through assisting managers with their billing, invoicing, reservation …

  • Preclinical Imaging Consortium

    This year, Northwestern University is hosting the 5th Annual Preclinical Imaging Consortium What started as a premier Midwest preclinical imaging meeting, MPIC has grown in scale, and thus, has dropped the “M” from the name …


    The Small Animal Imaging Facility has officially changed our name to Small Animal Imaging and Radiotherapy Facility (SAIRF) in light of taking over the management of three new irradiators and for our work involving targeted …

  • New Equipment Highlight

    The SAIRF has acquired new equipment. Effective November 1, 2018, the Small Animal Imaging and Radiotherapy Facility will be managing 3 irradiators; SARRP, XRAD320, and RS225. The Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP) from Xstrahl …

  • Free Scanning! Use the new Ultrasound/Photoacoustic System

    ATTENTION: FREE Scanning! The UWCCC has created the Ultrasound/Photoacoustic Voucher Program, providing up to 10 hours of free pilot scanning to cancer relevant applications, in order to stimulate usage on this new system! Inquire ASAP as funding …