Small Animal Imaging Core

Director: Kimerly A. Powell, PhD

The Small Animal Imaging Core (SAIC) is a state-of-the-art, small-animal imaging facility available to OSUCCC – James investigators and other academic and commercial institutions. 

The SAIC houses high-resolution imaging equipment and offers assistance from professionals who are experts in operating each imaging modality, small animal handling, and analytical software support for quantitative image analysis.

The SAIC also offers:

  • Interim animal housing for serial imaging studies
  • Suits for surgical procedures
  • Animal care provided by the University Laboratory Animal Resources
  • Image reconstruction, multi-modality fusion, high resolution graphics and networking to the facility’s server
  • Training to OSUCCC – James members and other academic and commercial institutions


  • SAIC Director: Kimerly A. Powell, PhD
  • MRI/US Imaging Research Scientist: Anna Bratasz, PhD
  • SAIC Research Assistant-2: Jessica Pyles

Kimerly A. Powell, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics, has more than 15 years’ experience in developing image post-processing techniques for quantitative image analysis of microscopy, pre-clinical and clinical images. She also develops image post-processing techniques for quantitative image analysis of cancer, cardiac and musculoskeletal applications.

Dr. Powell is particularly interested in developing novel image post-processing techniques for high-resolution microscopy and small-animal in vivo micro-imaging technologies.

Anna Bratasz, PhD, MRI/US imaging research scientist, has spent several years working in the Center for Biomedical EPR Spectroscopy and Imaging at The Ohio State University, where she focuses on in vivo EPR, US and MRI imaging of cancer. Dr. Bratasz has spent past five years working in the SAISR, where she focuses on in vivo high frequency ultrasound, optical imaging (BLI, FL) and MRI imaging of small animals. Dr. Bratasz’s particular interests are neuroscience, cancer and cardiac research.

Jessica L. Pyles obtained an Associate Degree in Science in 2012, and is currently finishing her BS in Zoology. She has experience working in chemistry, microbiology and microarray labs. Joining SAIC in February 2014, Pyles works directly with clients and helps with handling and imaging small animals.

Contact Us

Biomedical Research Tower
460 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210 

Ph: 614-292-7271
Fax:  614-688-6600 

9.4T & 11.7T MRI, US, BLI/FL
Ph: 614-688-8068

Ultrasound (Vevo), BLI/FL (IVIS), training
Ph: 614-688-8068

Inveon™ microCT/PET/SPECT
Available through Wright Center of Innovation
Ph: 614-292-4601

Experimental Design and Image Analysis
Ph: 614-292-7271

Availability: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
After hours upon request and appointment

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