Animal Imaging Header Image

Micro-Computed Tomography (microCT)

The Animal Imaging Shared Resource (AISR) offers animal and specimen microCT acquisitions and image analysis to CU Cancer Center member and non-members.  

MicroCT is a high-resolution 3-dimensional imaging technique. The physical principle of CT is based on scattering and absorption of x-rays by tissues based on their electron density. There are essentially three levels of attenuation yielding color-coded contrast in CT: air (black), soft tissue (grey shades) and bone (white). Disseminated tumors to the bone and lung are easily detected by microCT in the range of 5-10 microns resolution. 


The Siemens Inveon microCT system was installed at CU AMC in March 2008. 

The new PerkinElmer Quantum GX2 microCT scanner will be installed at CU AMC in August 2020, from a successful NIH S10 Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) grant.


  • High-resolution 3D CT on tumor volumes and metastases detections (in-vivo) 
  • High-resolution specimen CT (ex-vivo) 
  • Starting August 2020: breath-gated in vivo lung CT 
  • Starting August 2020: Quantitative bone density and trabecular bone analysis (in-vivo and ex-vivo)
  • Starting August 2020: Quantitative body composition analysis (fat content)


Schedule a Service:

Small Animal Imaging or Specimen Imaging

  • To schedule a consultation for animal or specimen CT based studies and study design please contact Natalie Serkova, PhD,, 303-359-0870. 
  • To schedule a CT imaging appointment please follow these instructions for new ilab users, service requests, and equipment reservations.
  • You must have an approved IACUC protocol. Please contact Jenna Steiner, AAS, CVT, for the instructions, SOPs, and pre-approval of CT studies to your IACUC protocol. Please visit the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for more information.

MicroCT images from our ongoing studies:

animal imaging CT scan 1
From: Dr. Achim Klug
animal imaging CT scan 2
From: Dr. Raj Kumar

Contact Us

Natalie Serkova, PhD
Core Director
Office: (303) 724-1086

Jenna Steiner, AAS, CVT
Core Manager
Office: (303) 724-2942

Soudabeh Kargar, PhD 
Image Analyst

Francis G. Garay
Senior Research Professional
Office: (303) 724-2499

Toni T. Mufford, CVT, LATG
Veterinary Technician III
Office: (303) 724-2499



Location: RC1N Vivarium, Suite 1, Rm 0443
CMS Login