Through imaging techniques adopted from clinical practice, the PCIC supports the University of Ottawa research strategy and represents a unique intersection between basic science and translational clinical research. Imaging also provides an important opportunity for researchers to perform serial investigations in smaller cohorts of animals, providing sufficiently powered experiments with a substantial reduction of animal numbers.
With the growing demand for imaging, we provide a range of clinically related modalities like MRI, PET, and CT in addition to optical imaging applicable to in vivo, in vitro and ex vivo studies.
PCIC offers a range of imaging modalities from low resolution imaging of tumor size to high resolution imaging of soft tissues. We work continuously with researchers to provide a wide range of imaging options required for their studies.
Since the PCICs establishment in 2013, we have served over 80 research teams and supported over 50 published articles. The core is in continuous development and strives to provide researchers with high-end technology and supporting services.
PCIC works directly with Animal Care and Veterinary Services (ACVS) to ensure correct handling of animals during imaging procedures. ACVS is certified for animal care and handling and use of animals in research. All procedures follow strict rules that adhere to all applicable Canadian provincial and international regulations and standards.