Facility: BNI-ASU Center for Preclinical Imaging

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Function: Analytical/Synthesis

Department: Office of Clinical Partnerships


The BNI-ASU Center for Preclinical Imaging’s mission is to provide state of the art imaging technology and expertise for researchers in the Phoenix area. The Center is a joint effort between Arizona State University and the Barrow Neurological Institute with the goal of providing key pieces of core technology and advancing science across the Valley. Our center provides a wide array of imaging modalities including MRI, bioluminescence/florescence, microPET, and microCT. Investigators can use this resource to examine, in vivo, both anatomy and function in their preclinical models. In addition to advanced technology, the Center for Preclinical Imaging also provides imaging expertise to help researchers develop and implement their imaging protocols.

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Bruker Biospec 7-Tesla MRI

Thumb This high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system has a 30-cm bore with a 200-mm gradient set (20 G/m) and a high-power 116-mm gradient insert (60 G/m). We have a multiple acquisition coils to suit a variety of applications (brain, body, etc.) along with 31P and 13C coils for multinuclear spectroscopy.


Computed Tomography uses a series of X-ray images to generate images of cross sections of the body. It provides high-resolution images of both soft tissue and bone. It is widely used to evaluate muscle and bone disorders and study pathologies including cardiac disease, tumors and trauma.


Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging is a nuclear medicine method use to observe metabolic processes in vivo. PET uses radioactive tracers that reflect cellular and metabolic processes in the body such as glucose uptake. This imaging method is used to examine a variety of pathologies including cancer, cardiac disease, inflammation and neurodegenerative disease.

Procedure Rooms

Two procedure rooms equipped with medical gasses, fume hoods, and basic laboratory equipment (e.g., scales, pipettes) are available for study preparation. Holding rooms are also available for a per diem fee (contact Tim Martin) Timothy.Martin@dignityhealth.org

Xenogen IVIS Spectrum

The Spectrum system allows noninvasive longitudinal measurement of disease states, cell trafficking, and gene expression patterns. Both florescent and bioluminescent reporters can be imaged with this system as well as with 2- and 3-dimensional tomography.

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