Preclinical In Vivo Imaging Facility




Preclinical imaging plays a key role in translational research studies aimed at improving our understanding of the mechanisms of disease and developing therapeutic strategies. Advanced imaging technologies can provide biomedical researchers with a non-invasive, in-vivo assessment of alterations at the organ, tissue, cell or molecular level in animal models of disease.

The Preclinical Imaging Facility is housed at the recently-established Preclinical Research Facility (PRF) at the University of Leicester. The Facility consists of four state-of-the-art, in-vivo imaging systems:


mri imag Ultrasound CT IVIS

(Click on icons for more detail on each of the imaging systems)

Contact Details:

To reserve time on one of the imaging systems, please email

For all other queries, please email . Assistance can be provided on the following:

  • Study design
  • Protocol development
  • Imaging charges
  • Funding applications incorporating preclinical imaging
  • Image processing and analysis
  • Data storage
  • Training

Access to advanced clinical imaging facilities is available through our links with the Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit



Aug 2018 - Justyna Janus, Preclinical Imaging Technician, has published a paper on use of ultrasound to detect changes in vascular function associated with vascular disease progression: link to article

6th March 2018, 1pm-4pm, Frank and Katherine May Theatre at Henry Wellcome Building- Mini-Symposium organised by The Preclinical Imaging Unit.

11th October 2017, 12.15-1.15pm, Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre at Henry Wellcome Building- Seminar: "Translational ultrasound imaging in the cardiovascular system-from zebrafish to humans"- Dr  Carmel Moran, University of Edinburgh

29th June 2017, 10am-5pm, College Court Conference Centre, Leicester: "UK in Vivo Imaging User Group Meeting" by PerkinElmer

12th October 2016, 10am, Centre for Medicine Room 1.26 - Imaging seminar: "A new fluorescence-based optical imaging method to non-invasively monitor hepatic myofibroblasts in vivo” - Dr Saimir Luli, University of Newcastle

June 2015 - Preclinical imaging technician, Justyna Janus, received a Papin Prize at the inaugural Higher Education Technicians' Summit in recognition of her contributions as a technician.

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