Our Imaging Lab

At our Preclinical Imaging Lab, our main research objective is to provide valuable imaging resources and expertise to drive drug discovery projects forward and gain a better understanding of the biodistribution of probes in vivo.

Located at the Centre for Comparative Medicine (CCM), the leading animal research facility in British Columbia, our lab boasts a comprehensive infrastructure, including animal housing space, cutting-edge in vivo imaging scanner (VECTor/CT), and top-of-the-line anesthesia, physiological support, and monitoring equipment. As SPECT and PET require the use of radioactive probes, we adhere to strict building design considerations for the safe use of radioisotopes and personnel safety in the imaging environment.

Strategically situated across from TRIUMF, Canada’s National Laboratory for Nuclear and Particle Physics Research, our Imaging Lab has easy access to the radiochemistry facilities associated with imaging and custom radionuclide production. Through a direct underground hydraulic tube line, our lab is directly connected to the radioisotope production facility at TRIUMF, allowing for the quick delivery of vials with freshly prepared radioactive isotopes to our lab at CCM within 10 seconds.

Equipped with a fume hood for the preparation of radiopharmaceutical injections/phantoms, a Packard Cobra II gamma counter, a BioDex Dose Calibrator, Geiger Counters, and a lead cabinet for the management of radioactive waste, our lab is fully equipped to handle all aspects of the research process.