Charge-Back / Fee Structure

    The recharge rates for services provided by the Optical Imaging Core Facility (OICF) are as follows:

    Equipment

    Imaging - UCCCC Members

    Imaging - Non UCCCC Members

    Assisted Use - UCCCC Members

    Assisted Use - Non UCCCC Members

    Workstation Use - UCCCC Members

    Workstation Use - Non UCCCC Members

    Xenogen IVIS 200

    $80/hr.

    $95/hr.

    $140/hr.

    $170/hr.

    $10/hr.

    $15/hr.

    Olympus OV100

    $80/hr.

    $95/hr.

    $140/hr.

    $170/hr.

    $10/hr.

    $15/hr.

    VisEN FMT

    $80/hr.

    $95/hr.

    $140/hr.

    $170/hr.

    $10/hr.

    $15/hr.

    Fees accrue in 15 minute increments following the initial 1-hour minimum charge and do not include the cost of contrast agents.  Investigators can elect to either provide their own contrast agents for their imaging studies or have the OICF provide them for an additional charge.  Previously negotiated OICF-discounts for luciferin purchases are available to investigators upon request. Imaging Fees are subject to additional hourly "Special Assisted Use Surcharge", accruable in 15-minute increments, for imaging sessions that utilize the Technical Director's assistance to perform the experiment.

    Non UC-affiliated individuals seeking to use the OICF should contact the OICF staff for further information regarding fees and availability.

    Training & Certification

    For unsupervised after-hours work, the OICF’s staff provides instrument and procedural training to qualified individuals; to ensure animal welfare, user safety, and imaging success.  Training in animal handling and monitoring, contrast agent administration, general anesthesia, and hardware/software use is provided by the OICF’s Animal Imaging Specialist, subject to the OICF’s Technical Director’s review.  Certification for unsupervised after-hours access to the Facility is provided by the OICF’s Technical Director and requires the trainee’s successful completion of all pertinent OICF training modules and verification of access privileges to Carlson Animal Research Facility (CARF).

    Training sessions are offered during regular business hours and must be scheduled in advance via the OICF’s on-line Scheduler located at http://flowcity.bsd.uchicago.edu/php/optical/Scheduler/index.php.   Contrast agents (e.g., fluorophores, luciferin) and specimens (e.g., low-fluorescence labware, mice) for Training & Certification purposes are provided by the trainee, unless other arrangements have been made.  Training sessions are given in modules – one for bioluminescence imaging and another for fluorescence imaging – tailored to either in vitro or in vivo applications.

    Bioluminescence Imaging Modules

    In vitro bioluminescence imaging requires 1.0 hour of training, followed by 2 separate imaging sessions (each of 1 hour duration minimum) that are observed by the Animal Imaging Specialist.  The last 30 minutes of the 2nd imaging session will be used to evaluate the trainee’s competence.

    In vivo bioluminescence imaging requires 2.0 hours of training, followed by 2 separate imaging sessions (each of 1 hour duration minimum) that are observed by the Animal Imaging Specialist.  The last 30 minutes of the 2nd imaging session will be used to evaluate the trainee’s competence.

    Fluorescence Imaging Modules

    In vitro fluorescence imaging requires 2.0 hours of training, followed by 2 separate imaging sessions (each of 1 hour duration minimum) that are observed by the Animal Imaging Specialist.  The last 30 minutes of the 2nd imaging session will be used to evaluate the trainee’s competence.

    In vivo fluorescence imaging requires 3.0 hours of training, followed by 2 separate imaging sessions (each of 1 hour duration minimum) that are observed by the Animal Imaging Specialist.  The last 30 minutes of the 2nd imaging session will be used to evaluate the trainee’s competence.

    Owing to the greater technical demands of fluorescence imaging, mastery of a Fluorescence Imaging Module will fulfill the requirement for successful completion of the corresponding (in vitro or in vivo) Bioluminescence Imaging Module.