The core offers a wide variety of pre-clinical models in rats and mice, from development to analysis. 

Our main therapeutic areas are cardiovascular, renal, and pulmonary. We utilize state-of-the-art data acquisition platforms, and offer a comprehensive suite of research services ranging from pharmacokinetics, target-based functional screens through model validation, and complex proof-of-concept studies.

Small Animal Ultrasound

Cardiac Imaging 
3D Imaging
Vasculature Imaging
Tumor Imaging
Ultrasound-guided I​njections
Contrast Imaging
Thoracic Imaging​

Small Animal Surgery

Thoracic Aorta Constriction (TAC)
Left Anterior Coronary Artery Ligation (MI)
Unilateral and 5/6 Nephrectomy
Pulmonary Artery Ligation

Small Animal Catheterization

LV-RV Pressure Volume Loops
Pulmonary Arterial Pressure

Imaging - 1

Systolic Function

Ejection Fraction/Fractional Shortening
LV Dimensions and Wall Thickness 
Cardiac Output/Stroke Volume

Imaging - 2

Diastolic Function

Pulmonary Vein Blood Flow

Mitral Valve Blood Flow (E/A)
Mitral Valve Tissue Movement (E'/A')

Imaging - 3


Pulmonary Vein Blood Flow/Diameter
RV Wall Thickness
Tricuspid Valve Blood Flow
Vevo2100The Vevo® platform was the world’s first commercially available high-frequency array based ultrasound imaging system and has since emerged as the gold standard in small animal anatomical and functional in vivo imaging. The Vevo Family of high-frequency ultrasound products enables the researcher to obtain in vivo anatomical, functional, physiological and molecular data simultaneously, in real-time and with a resolution down to 30 µm. ​​
For more information on pricing and scheduling, please contact Maria Cavasin at

Cardiology (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 1

12605 East 16th Avenue

3rd Floor

Aurora, CO 80045


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