UPMC Hillman Cancer Center In Vivo Imaging Facilities Contact & Scheduling

Preclinical MRI

Preclinical MRI Scan Rates (includes operator/technologist):

  • Investigator-Initiated: $100/hour
  • Industry Sponsored: Available upon request
  • Chargebacks: Imaging costs are charged by the actual time used (by the minute).

Preclinical MRI Image Processing Support (includes software development and data analysis):

  • Investigator-Initiated: $60/hour
  • Industry Sponsored: Available upon request

Preclinical MRI Scheduling is conducted through iLab. Read the instructions on how to get started.

For more information about preclinical MRI fees and services, or to schedule a service, contact:

T. Kevin Hitchens, PhD, MBA
3025 E. Carson St., Room 159.03
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Phone: 412-383-8011
Email: tkh17@pitt.edu

or

Tao Jin, PhD
3025 E. Carson St., Room 156
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Phone: 412-383-8010
Email: taj6@pitt.edu

Preclinical PET-CT

Preclinical PET-CT Scheduling is conducted through iLab. Read the instructions on how to get started.

For more information about preclinical PET-CT fees and services, or to schedule a consultation, contact:

Carolyn J. Anderson, PhD
100 Technology Drive Suite 452F
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-624-6887
Email: andersoncj@upmc.edu

Clinical MRI and/or PET-CT

To schedule a consultation regarding clinical MRI and/or PET-CT services, contact:

James M. Mountz, MD, PhD
PET Facility - B-932
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-0735
Email: mountzjm@upmc.edu

For PET or PET/MR research (for approved funded protocols), contact:
Suzanne Burdin
Phone: 412-647-7385

For Clinical PET or PET/MR (for protocol studies paid by insurance), contact:
Seyed Mohammadi
Phone: 412-647-7263

Optical Imaging and Ultrasound

The optical imaging and ultrasound modalities are available for use by UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh, and non-university members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The laboratory is primarily set up as a certified user facility, at a rate of $45/hour. A fee-for-service support is also provided as needed.

The following guidelines are in place to facilitate the successful use of these services by investigators:

  • The director provides consultation for investigators to define the best model(s) and imaging modality(ies) to achieve their experimental goals.
  • Personnel provide hands-on training and technical support for users of the imaging platform and the associated anesthesia machine. First-time users are urged to schedule a short training session prior to use, or to arrange for a trained user to be present during the first imaging session.
  • Personnel are responsible for maintenance, repair, service, and certification of the imaging system, and for maintaining adequate supplies of certain reagents associated with imaging, such as anesthetic.
  • In addition, the optical imaging modality also provides a centralized ordering system to allow bulk orders of reagents at reduced prices for investigators. For example, luciferin is available for purchase at $310 for 1g (a $200 saving negotiated by the facility for users).

Optical Imaging and Ultrasound Scheduling

Optical Imaging and Ultrasound Scheduling is conducted through iLab. Read the instructions on how to get started.

Utilization of the optical and ultrasound modalities are available to all Hillman members and the research community on a first come, first served basis. Unless appointments are cancelled 24 hours in advance of the scheduled time, the customer's account will be charged for one (1) hour of time.

For further information or assistance, please contact:
W. Barry Edwards, PhD
Phone: 412-624-6873
Email: edwardsw@upmc.edu