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The SAIF combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and a nationally recognized staff to assist investigators with a wide range of imaging based experimental approaches. The SAIF currently provides a comprehensive suite of imaging modalities including:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS)
  • Optical imaging (including bioluminescence, fluorescence, and near-infrared imaging)
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
  • Ultrasound (US)

In addition, dedicated housing is available for mice and rats undergoing longitudinal imaging studies. Ancillary facilities and resources of the SAIF are devoted to radiochemistry and image analysis.

Drs. Jim Delikatny serves as Faculty Co-Directors for the SAIF, and Dr. Stephen Pickup serves as Technical Director.

The SAIF is organized into four Imaging Sub-Cores and an animal holding unit, each of which is overseen by a facility director. These include:

How to Apply

Application for a SAIF account requires a PennKey and password. 
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Application Contact
Stephen Pickup, PhD
SAIF Technical Director
Sub Core Director, MRI/MRS
1-110 Smilow Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-746-1423

Business Office Contact
William D'Arcy
3600 Market Street, Suite 360
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-349-8423

In This Section

  • SOPs

    The Small Animal Imaging Facility Research Lab takes policies and procedure seriously. Read about our standard operating procedures here.

  • Pre-Clinical Services

    The SAIF is organized into imaging sub-cores, each of which is overseen by a faculty director. Learn more about our programs.

  • Meet Our Team

    SAIF staff include top-notch faculty members from the Department of Radiology at Penn Medicine.

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