The Small Animal Imaging Preclinical Testing Facility (SAIPTF) is maintained by the Department of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology (DMCB) with support from Tufts University School of Medicine.

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The facility was established to:

  • provide cutting-edge animal imaging and preclinical testing technologies to biomedical researchers at Tufts University and affiliated hospitals.
  • foster scientific collaboration among these and other investigators at institutions and companies in the Boston area and beyond.

Capabilities & Instruments

The combination of optical, micro-CT, MRI and ultrasound imaging provides strong molecular and anatomical imaging capabilities.

  • PerkinElmer IVIS Spectrum CT Biophotonic Imager: Can be used to reliably locate and quantitate low levels of light emitted by fluorescent or bioluminescent reporters from organs and tissues in live animals.
  • Leica MZ-FLIII Stereo Fluorescence Imaging System: Excels at visualizing visible and near IR fluorescence at resolutions down to the cellular level. These instruments are designed primarily for imaging light emitted from animals but can also be used for a variety of other purposes.
  • VisualSonics Vevo 2100: A state-of-the-art ultrasound imager suitable for conventional ultrasound imaging as well as detecting microbubble contrast agents, analyzing blood flow and angiogenesis and carrying out image guided injection and tissue sampling.
  • micro-CT and MRI instruments: Provide a wide range of additional anatomical imaging capabilities.


SAIPTF is located on the 3rd floor of the M&V Wing of the Biomedical Research and Public Health Building on the Tufts Health Sciences Campus in Boston. Our facility is accessible from 136 Harrison Avenue via the M&V or Stearns elevators.

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Gary Sahagian, PhD
Professor of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology


Associate Director


Min Fang, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology