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 investigate all research 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 analyzing and interpreting imaging data as well as preparing manuscripts and presentations. As such, we can train users to conduct image analysis and 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.
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.
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
Acknowledging SAIRF & NIH S10 SIG Equipment
If you used the SAIRF services and/or equipment, you are responsible for acknowledging the SAIRF in publications, posters and presentations. If you used equipment that was funded by the NIH via S10 Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG), then you must acknowledge the NIH S10 grant as well. For example, “The authors would like to acknowledge the Cancer Center Support Grant: NCI P30 CA014520, University of Wisconsin Small Animal Imaging & Radiotherapy Facility and [insert one of the following NIH S10 Shared Instrumentation Grants] for supporting this work.”
-MiLabs microSPECT/CT SIG: NIH S10OD028670-01
-Faxitron Digital X-Ray SIG: NIH S10OD023676-01
-VisualSonics US/PA SIG: NIH S10-OD018505
For more information, including instructions for retroactively adding acknowledgements, see Acknowledging CCSG, SAIRF and NIH S10 Instrumentation Grants.
If you reside in UWCCC space, receive UWCCC Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) funding, or use any UWCCC shared resource, you are responsible for acknowledging the “University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center Support Grant P30 CA014520” in publications, posters and presentations. For more information, see Acknowledging UWCCC Policies.
News from SAIRF
The Small Animal Imaging & Radiotherapy Facility (SAIRF) was successfully awarded an NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) S10 for an MILabs U-SPECT/CTUHR (ultra high-resolution) system. This system, which is tentatively planned to be installed late summer of …April 7, 2020
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 …April 19, 2019
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 …February 5, 2019
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 …October 31, 2018
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 …October 30, 2018
General workflow for using the Small Animal Imaging and Radiotherapy Facility, and how to request MRI scans.
We scan animals up to ~500 grams, including primates, rabbits, reptiles, birds, gerbils, rats, mice, and other rodents. We also scan inanimate objects for investigators in the material science and biomedical engineering fields.
Our experience in analyzing and interpreting imaging data as well as preparing manuscripts and presentations helps us train users to conduct image analysis. Additionally we can help with manuscript writing and image and data presentation. We assist in writing imaging methods, or in generating eye-catching images and videos.