The Center is located within the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery's large animal facility in the basement of the Clinical Research Building. Included in the Center are two Interventional Radiology suites and a computerized tomography (CT) area equipped with a GE Light Speed multi-slice helical scanner.
The facility is slated for renovation and equipment upgrade in 2017.
Each of the two Vascular/Interventional Radiology suites contain a portable C-arm fluoroscopy unit with real-time subtraction, last image hold, monitor image storage, cine (15 frames/second) and spot film capabilities and a hard copy imaging camera; a procedure table with a floating top and an automated contrast injector system; an inhalant anesthesia machine and vaporizers; a physiological monitor/recorder; and an ultrasound imaging system (ATL).
The Center’s computerized tomography (CT) area contains a General Electric HiSpeed Advantage helical scanner and an automated contrast injector system. The helical scanner allows for faster data acquisition and higher resolution images than would be obtainable with conventional CT. The fast data acquisition and high resolution are well suited to 3-D reconstruction of complex anatomy. The x-ray tube voltage and current can be adjusted to produce optimal image quality.
A one-of-a-kind volume computerized tomography (VCT) scanner constructed by General Electric Research and Development based on specifications developed by Imaging Physics was installed in the Center in 2003. VCT is a computerized tomography technology that uses advanced digital flat-panel x-ray detectors to perform true volumetric CT acquisitions in a single rotation. Voxels (volume elements) generated from VCT are significantly smaller than those from current CT systems, which will improve the visibility of fine anatomic structures by three orders of magnitude. The potential clinical utility of this level of detail is enormous. The instrument's improved resolution could have a dramatic effect on the detection of small lesions during routine screening as well as in the evaluation of all tumors. The improved resolution will also allow better definition of tumor boundaries for treatment planning, development of accurate, automated methods to measure tumor volumes and better visualization of lesions and surrounding normal structures using advanced visualization techniques. Finally, the improved resolution will provide a more detailed analysis of functional imaging characteristics (blood flow) using techniques such as CT perfusion.
Schedule of Fees and Forms
|Dunn Lab Rates||IR Access||Cancer Center||Academic||Industry|
|Large Animal Imaging Lab (per hour)
Includes Tech Support
|Data Processing (per hour)||$44.00||$44.00||$66.00||$88.00|
Additional charge for supplies will apply.