Integrated Small Animal Imaging Research Resource


General Use Policies
  1. All in-vivo work requires prior IACUC approval.
  2. Currently, all MRI and microPET/SPECT/CT imaging are performed by iSAIRR staff.
  3. To use the Optical and/or Ultrasound facilities, you MUST be trained by a Technical Director (not a lab mate, friend or collaborator). Contact a Technical Director to arrange training.
  4. Keep the facility and equipment clean.
  5. If you damage a piece of equipment, please contact a Technical Director as soon as possible. You may be billed to repair or replace the item.
Scheduler Policies
  1. Only trained/approved users are granted permission to schedule a piece of equipment. Contact a Technical Director to arrange training/access.
  2. RESERVE WHAT YOU NEED, USE WHAT YOU RESERVE! Users who use less than 75% of the reserved time will be billed for the time booked or actual time used, whichever is greater.
  3. We understand people run late, but to be fair to other users and avoid fines, PLEASE either contact a Technical Director and/or adjust your reservation on the scheduler! If working with iSAIRR staff, you will be billed for their time.
  4. If you fail to show up on time for a scheduled reservation, we may not be able to perform your study and we may need to cancel your reservation.
  5. When working with iSAIRR staff, a 24 hours cancellation notice is required.
  6. Missed appointments are fined $50 for each of the first 2 incidents per month, after 2 incidents per month there is a $50 fine plus you will be charged for all of the scheduled time you reserved that month, used or not.
  7. Facility personnel have the right to reserve time for instrument/facility servicing and may, if necessary, cancel scheduled user sessions without warning.
Biosafety Policies

All work involving pathogens must be approved by the Core facility. Failure to do so may result in fines, restrictions and / or banishment from the iSAIRR Core Facilities.

  1. All users working with Risk Group 2, human pathogens and other potentially biohazardous agents must have a registered IBC Protocol.
  2. If you are working with infected whole animals, you must contact the iSAIRR Core Facility prior to imaging any samples.
  3. A biosafety mandatory training specific to the imaging modality is required prior to imaging any samples/animals.
  4. Depending on the pathogen(s) and imaging modality, the iSAIRR may not be able to accommodate your request.
  5. Post a sign on the facility door indicating a biohazardous agent is being used while working.
  6. Carefully follow all the mandated procedures as instructed during the training.
  7. No gloves on the keyboards, computer mice, or any common equipment. If you touch common equipment with a gloved hand, you must immediately decontaminate the equipment. Handling common equipment with contaminated gloves places all users of the facility at risk for exposure. If handling requires gloves, use the One Glove Rule to mitigate contamination of common equipment.
  8. Report any spills, drips, splatters, or any potential contamination of the equipment to a Technical Director immediately. Post a warning sign that the equipment cannot be used until fully cleaned and decontaminated. The Technical Director will coordinate clean up procedures. Consult the Office of Biological Safety for guidance (call 773-834-2707).
  9. When you are finished with your work, wipe down the equipment, workstation (keyboard and mouse), and other work areas with 70% ethanol. If the agent you are working with is resistant to ethanol, use the disinfecting wipes provided by the Core Facility and follow with 70% ethanol wipe down.
  10. Carry all of your waste back to your lab for disposal. There is no biohazard material disposal in the facility.
Data Storage Policies
  1. You are responsible for your data.
  2. Local machine hard drives are for temporary storage ONLY. We do not guarantee the safety of any data stored on local machines. DO NOT SAVE ITEMS TO THE DESKTOP!  Data stored on local workstation hard drives will be moved to the server or deleted (depending on whether or not we can identify who it belongs to) at any time without notice.
  3. Save your data on the remote server. The server is backed-up at regular intervals.
  4. No USB and other external memory devices can be used with any of the core equipment.
  5. Data stored on remote servers will be saved for up to 1 year, after which the core cannot guarantee further storage.
  6. It is the user’s responsibility to ask for copy of their data.