Small Animal Imaging User Fees and Policies

Users must be trained before any access to the instrument is given. This is summarized in the table below. After providing documentation of IACUC approval for their work, the user must complete an initial introduction to the instrument administered by the Senior Staff Officer, Christopher Damoci. They must then complete an in depth training program including both theory and practical portions. Following these training sessions, the user must complete two imaging sessions in which they operate the instrument under supervision. Finally, the user must pass a practical test administered by Mr. Damoci or the technician, demonstrating competency to use the instrument safely without supervision.

A key component of the user training program is a focus on infection control procedures. Shared small animal imaging instruments pose a significant risk of cross contamination in the event of a disease outbreak within the animal facility. To minimize this risk, the users will be trained to disinfect the instruments both before and after use. Failure to adhere to these procedures will result in retraining in the first instance, and suspension of instrument access after repeated infractions.

Step/Description

  1. Obtain access to the animal facility barrier at the HICCC by completing the requisite training. Access therefore requires an IACUC approved protocol, training in the safe and humane handling of animals, and barrier specific training.
  2. Complete an introductory demonstration of basic operation and capabilities of the instrument given by an SAISA technician or manager.
  3. Complete in depth training on the IVIS provided by an SAISAR technician or manager. The in depth training will consist of theory section in which the basic principles of ultrasound imaging are taught, followed by a detailed practical teaching session.
  4. After initial training, the User must complete two imaging sessions in which the user operates the instrument under supervision. Additional imaging sessions will be performed as needed.
  5. The user must pass a practical test, administered by the SAISR technician or manager. At this time, access to the scheduling calendar will be granted.

Reservations

Use of the instruments is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Reservations may be made through the iLab scheduling system at https://cumc.corefacilities.org.

User Policies

  • Each MRI, ultrasound and/or IVIS spectrum user must provide a Columbia account number for billing.
  • User passwords must be obtained prior to using the analyzers. Individuals are required to save their data to a flash drive since computer storage space is limited. Staff routinely delete all files.
  • Users who cancel an appointment less than 24-hours in advance are subject to the full charge of the scheduled time.

User Fees

Bruker 9.4T(assisted usage)
Cancer Center Members: $350/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $350/hr
Bruker 9.4T(trained independent usage)
Cancer Center Members: $200/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $200/hr

Vevo 2100 Ultrasound(training)
Cancer Center Members: $130/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $136.50/hr
Vevo 2100 Ultrasound(assisted usage)
Cancer Center Members: $130/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $136.50/hr
Vevo 2100 Ultrasound(unassisted usage)
Cancer Center Members: $80/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $84/hr

IVIS Spectrum Optical Imaging(training)
Cancer Center Members: $100/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $105/hr
IVIS Spectrum Optical Imaging(assisted usage)
Cancer Center Members: $100/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $105/hr
IVIS Spectrum Optical Imaging(unassisted usage)
Cancer Center Members: $50/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $52.50/hr

Perkin-Elmer Quantum FX Micro-CT (training)
Cancer Center Members: $150/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $157.50/hr
Perkin-Elmer Quantum FX Micro-CT (assisted usage)
Cancer Center Members: $150/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $157.50/hr
Perkin-Elmer Quantum FX Micro-CT (unassisted usage)
Cancer Center Members: $100/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $105/hr

Imaging analysis(unassisted, ICRC 100ST2)
Cancer Center Members: $6/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $6.30/hr
Imaging analysis(training, assisted usage)
Cancer Center Members: $56/hr
Non-Cancer Center Members: $58.50/hr

Luminol(for bioluminescence IVIS imaging)
Cancer Center Members: $10/aliquot (~12 mice), $300/gram
Non-Cancer Center Members: $10/aliquot (~12 mice), $300/gram

Protocol Development - MRI
Fees for Cancer Center Members and Non-Members:
Initial consultation (up to 2 hours): free
Pilot Image for grants (up to 2 hours): free
Tier 1: 4-8 person hours and 2-4 instrument hours: $1000
Tier 2: 8-6 person-hours and 6-10 instrument hours: $2500
Tier 3: 24-40 person-hours and 12-20 instrument hours: $4500
Tier 4: >40 person-hours and >20 instrument hours: To be determined

Protocol Development - Other Equipment
Initial consultation (up to 2 hours): free
Pilot Image for grants (up to 2 hours): free
Tier 1: 4-8 person hours and 2-4 instrument hours:
Cancer Center Members: $1000
Non-Cancer Center members: $262
Tier 2: 8-6 person-hours and 6-10 instrument hours:
Cancer Center Members: $700
Non-Cancer Center members: $735
Tier 3: 24-40 person-hours and 12-20 instrument hours:
Cancer Center Members: $1800
Non-Cancer Center members: $1890
Tier 4: >40 person-hours and >20 instrument hours: To be determined