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Small Animal Ultrasound

The Small Animal Ultrasound Core at the University of Utah offers comprehensive services to researchers both on-campus and off-campus. Equipped with two state-of-the-art Vevo-2100 ultrasound machines from VisualSonics, the core provides cutting-edge imaging capabilities for a wide range of small animal research applications. Whether investigators are studying cardiovascular function, tumor progression, or developmental biology, the core’s advanced technology and expert staff support their research needs with precision and efficiency.

Researchers can access the Small Animal Ultrasound Core’s services conveniently, benefiting from its location close to the university animal facility. Additionally, the core extends its support beyond the campus boundaries, catering to the needs of external researchers and collaborators. With its commitment to excellence in imaging and collaborative research, the Small Animal Ultrasound Core serves as a vital resource for advancing scientific understanding and innovation in both basic and translational research fields. 

Service Rates

ServicesUniversity of Utah
(Core Run/Self-Run)
External Academic
(Core Run/Self-Run)
(Core Run/Self-Run)
Vevo_2100$35 / $100 per hour$52.50 / $150 per hour$70 / $200 per hour
VisualSonics Analysis USB Key_1$1 per day$1 per day$1 per day

Requesting Services

Existing users may login directly to the Resource Scheduling System to schedule or order services. This system is cores-wide and uses University of Utah uNID authentication.

Ying Li

Facility Director


Hours of Operation

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday


Shipping Address

Metabolic Phenotyping Core
Radiobiology, Bldg 585
50 N 2030 E, Rm 151
Salt Lake City, UT  84112

Shipping Address

Large Instruments

Comparative Medicine Center - Loading Dock
50 N 2030 E
Salt Lake City, UT  84112

Recent Mentions

  1. Cluntun, A. A., Badolia, R., Lettlova, S., Parnell, K. M., Shankar, T. S., Diakos, N. A., Olson, K. A., Taleb, I., Tatum, S. M., Berg, J. A., Cunningham, C. N., Van Ry, T., Bott, A. J., Krokidi, A. T., Fogarty, S., Skedros, S., Swiatek, W. I., Yu, X., Luo, B., . . . Drakos, S. G. (2021). The pyruvate-lactate axis modulates cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. Cell Metab, 33(3), 629-648 e610.  
  2. Li, J., Richmond, B., Cluntun, A. A., Bia, R., Walsh, M. A., Shaw, K., Symons, J. D., Franklin, S., Rutter, J., Funai, K., Shaw, R. M., & Hong, T. (2023). Cardiac gene therapy treats diabetic cardiomyopathy and lowers blood glucose. JCI Insight, 8(18).  
  3. Oka, S. I., Sabry, A. D., Horiuchi, A. K., Cawley, K. M., O'Very, S. A., Zaitsev, M. A., Shankar, T. S., Byun, J., Mukai, R., Xu, X., Torres, N. S., Kumar, A., Yazawa, M., Ling, J., Taleb, I., Saijoh, Y., Drakos, S. G., Sadoshima, J., & Warren, J. S. (2020). Perm1 regulates cardiac energetics as a downstream target of the histone methyltransferase Smyd1. PLoS One, 15(6), e0234913.  
  4. Oka, S. I., Sreedevi, K., Shankar, T. S., Yedla, S., Arowa, S., James, A., Stone, K. G., Olmos, K., Sabry, A. D., Horiuchi, A., Cawley, K. M., O'Very S, A., Tong, M., Byun, J., Xu, X., Kashyap, S., Mourad, Y., Vehra, O., Calder, D., . . . Warren, J. S. (2022). PERM1 regulates energy metabolism in the heart via ERRalpha/PGC-1alpha axis. Front Cardiovasc Med, 9, 1033457.  
  5. Shankar, T. S., Ramadurai, D. K. A., Steinhorst, K., Sommakia, S., Badolia, R., Thodou Krokidi, A., Calder, D., Navankasattusas, S., Sander, P., Kwon, O. S., Aravamudhan, A., Ling, J., Dendorfer, A., Xie, C., Kwon, O., Cheng, E. H. Y., Whitehead, K. J., Gudermann, T., Richardson, R. S., . . . Drakos, S. G. (2021). Cardiac-specific deletion of voltage dependent anion channel 2 leads to dilated cardiomyopathy by altering calcium homeostasis. Nat Commun, 12(1), 4583.  

Citing Our Facility


We would like to thank you for acknowledging the our facility. This recognition allows us to highlight the impact of your work and demonstrates the important contributions of our facility makes to research across the University of Utah. The recognition our core receives from your acknowledgments also aids in receiving grants and further funding for equipment and services we can provide to our users.

Self-Run Services / Instrumentation Usage:

In published papers that used instruments at our facility and notably involved staff members please use the following format:

We acknowledge (facility name) at the University of Utah for use of equipment (insert instrument/service details here), and thank (insert any notable staff member – if desired) for their assistance.

Assisted Services:

In published papers where a staff member assisted you in addition to the requested services please use the following format:

We acknowledge (facility name) at the University of Utah for use of equipment (insert instrument/service details here), and thank (insert staff member-required) for their assistance in (service provided).


For publications resulting from collaborations that assisted with the methodologies, planning process and execution of your experiment in addition to equipment usage we require Co-author attribution on your publication for our facility and any staff members who provided substantial contributions to the originating project.