Cardiovascular Phenotyping Core
The Department of Integrative Medical Sciences offers an Echo Core Laboratory well equipped with the latest technology available for any small animal study that requires echocardiographic assessment. Investigators have access to state-of-the-art instruments, including the VisualSonics Vevo 770 micro-imaging system, capable of delivering the highest quality 2-D ultrasound images, contrast imaging, tissue Doppler and Doppler blood flow. Also in our facility is the Siemens Sequoia system used for perfusion imaging.
Our machines, complete with versatile software packages, allow for easy image acquisition and assist investigators in developing customized protocols for imaging of various organ systems. Our facility is also equipped with other useful instruments such as pressure transducer catheters (Millar) and data acquisition systems (ADInstruments) that make other hemodynamic assessments, such as pressure/volume measurements possible. Several current studies being conducted in our facility include structural/functional studies following myocardial infarction, ischemia/reperfusion models and myocardial perfusion (contrast) imaging. Also located within our echo facility are surgical platforms and dissecting microscopes to facilitate the use of the applications.