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Stanford Center for Innovation in In vivo Imaging (SCi3)


Overview of Services

The Stanford Center for Innovation in In vivo Imaging (SCi3) is a service facility that provides access to state-of-the-art preclinical imaging instruments to the Stanford research community. The instruments range from systems typically found in a clinical setting, but scaled for rodent usage (such as MRI, PET, CT and ultrasound), optical systems for measuring bioluminescence, fluorescence Cherenkov light (IVIS, Ami, Lago and Maestro systems), new modalities (MPI and photoacoustic), as well as access to advanced image analysis software, computer workstations, and surgical preparation areas. Scientists are trained to use instruments independently and may then schedule time on systems as needed.

Mailing list: Updates on instrument availabilty, training etc. are posted on the SCi3 email list - please subscribe at 

Publications: If work done with this Service Center produces data resulting in a figure in a publication, you are required to acknowledge the Service Center ("Stanford Center for Innovations in In vivo Imaging (SCi3) - small animal imaging center") in the publication. If staff members of the center provided significant experimental design, data interpretation, or other intellectual contribution (as evaluated by the PI), then it is expected that these individuals will be co-authors on the publication.

SCi3 Leadership

Director: Jason Thanh Lee, PhD

Associate Director: Laura Jean Pisani, PhD

Faculty Director: Professor Heike Daldrup-Link, MD, PhD

Faculty Co-Directors: Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, Craig Levin, PhD, Michael Moseley, Phd

Locations and Hours of operation

  • Clark Center
  • Comparative Medicine Pavilion
  • Lokey Stem Cell Research Building (SIM1)

Access is 24/7 with card key approval, staff support is 9-5pm, M-F

SCi3 Access and Required Trainings

Access to Clark Center SCi3 (main site, all imaging modalities) is by Card Key.

1. To be granted access, pick up access forms from Clark Building Manager's Office at S1.1 (next to Nexus Cafe), and have your PI sign.

2. Complete trainings below:

  • EHS 4200 General Safety
  • EHS 1900 Chemical Safety for Laboratories
  • EHS 2200 Compressed Gas Safety
  • EHS 1500 BioSafety
  • EHS 3400 Ergonomics
  • EHS 5275 Working Safely Near Radioactive Materials

3. Obtain SCi3 approval - come to SCi3 office at Clark Center S044.

3a. Place signed (1) access forms and (2) printout of STARS "Training History" in the folder marked "ACCESS FORMS SUBMITTED FOR SCi3"
3b. Read, understand, and sign the form “Working in the SAIF: Acknowledgement of Radioactive Isotope Use". Place in folder.
3c. Jason (Director of SCi3) will review for approval. We'll then contact you to schedule for a brief facility overview (offered approx twice a month) and to pick up the signed forms.

4. Return access forms and printout of your trainings to the Clark Building Manager's Office for Clark signatures (24hr turnaround).

5. Take signed access forms to the hospital security office where they add your badge number to card reader to enter the Clark SCi3.

Access to the SIM1 (Lokey Stem Cell Research Building) SCi3 (optical, PET, CT) is by Card Key access and KeyTracer access via the finger print reader.

1. Complete two STARS courses: 1) Animal Care and Use Program (VSC-PROG-0001) and 2) Lorry Lokey Stem Cell Research Building Animal Facility Orientation (VSC-PROG-0006).

2. Be listed on an approved animal care and use protocol.

3. Once 1 & 2 are completed:
3a. Fill out this access form and scan/take photo of it.
3c. Email the access form and your STARS Training History page to: Jason Thanh Lee (Director of SCi3; and Reese Zasio (Associate Director VSC; for approval.

4. Reese will review for approval and then send you an email that the form is ready for pick up to take to the SHC Security Photo ID office for processing.

Access to the CMP (Comparative Medicine Pavilion) SCi3 (optical) is by Card Key access and KeyTracer access via the finger print reader.

1. Request CMP access according to the Animal Facility Orientation website for "Comparative Medicine Pavilion (CMP) (VSC-PROG-0007)".

2. During the orientation tour, indicate you need access to the small animal imaging room (KeyTracer).

3. Once completed, send an email with your STARS Training History page to Jason Thanh Lee (Director of SCi3, for review, and to access the iLab calendar.

Links and Resources

  1. Stanford Center for Innovations in In vivo Imaging (SCi3)
  2. SCi3@Porter - Imaging at the Technology and Innovation Park at Porter Drive
  3. Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS)
  4. Stanford Radiology
  5. Stanford Cancer Institute


Name Role Phone Email Location
Jason Thanh Lee, Ph.D.
Director of SCi3
Cark S044
Laura Pisani, Ph.D.
Associate Director of SCi3
Cark S044
Main Lab (S040)


Clark S040
MicroPET Lab (S038)


Clark S038