In-Vivo Functional Onco-Imaging Facility

Overview of Services

The overarching aim of the In Vivo Functional Onco-Imaging (IVFOI) Shared Resource is to support basic and clinical cancer researchers with expertise in imaging instrumentation and data analysis. In addition to providing services with standard preclinical and clinical imaging systems available at most institutions, the IVFOI works to integrate molecular and structural imaging modalities to provide exclusive, first-of-its-kind multi-modality imaging technologies. IVFOI imaging is used to better understand the fundamental biochemical nature of cancer, but also to develop new contrast agents and molecular pathway-specific imaging probes. These modalities are utilized by Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CFCCC) members for a broad range of applications that include novel ways to follow tumor responses, new therapy techniques, and the development of novel molecular probes targeting cancer.



Existing systems (on Irvine campus):
• MR: 3.0 T (human)
• MR: 9.4 T (animal) Coming soon!
• MR: 7.0 T (animal)
• Combined MR & Diffuse Optical Tomography (animal)
• Combined X-ray microCT/Fluorescence/Bioluminescence Tomography (animal)
• Portable Ultrasound System (SonoSite 180plus)

Existing Systems (located at UC Irvine Medical Center):
• PET/CT (human)
• SPECT/CT (human)
• MR: 3.0 T (human)
• MR: 1.5 T (human)

Systems currently under development:
• Combined MRI & Fluorescence Optical Tomography (human breast and animal)
• Temperature Modulated Fluorescence Tomography (animal)
• Photo-Magnetic Imaging (human breast and animal)


• Design imaging studies to integrate them into current research projects
• Set-up imaging protocols
• Train and assist researchers to conduct imaging and data acquisition
• Perform data analysis/prospective or retrospective data sets
• Prepare materials for researcher’s future grant applications


It is very important to the continued funding of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CFCCC) that the productive collaboration of CFCCC-supported Shared Resources is acknowledged in publications and presentations, and that resulting publications are processed by the National Institutes of Health Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) to obtain a PubMed Central reference number (PMCID), per NIH Public Access Policy.

Please visit the CFCCC website to learn more about Acknowledging the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) and Shared Resources.


Location and hours of operation

Hours      Location

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

     164 Irvine Hall, Irvine, CA, 92697


Links and Resources



Name Role Phone Email Location
Farouk Nouizi, PhD
Irvine, CA, 92697