Services and Rates | Neurosciences Preclinical Imaging Lab

With over a decade of expertise in MRI service center operations, Neurosciences Preclinical Imaging Laboratory staff can provide support for different imaging study types from full project support to independent user operation. We also provide hands-on training on MRI system operation with a goal to educate new independent operators of the scanner.

Levels of Support

  • Full Project Support: The lab provides support for APLAC protocol approval, conducts the imaging study, provides standard animal handling for imaging (no surgical procedure or complex procedures beyond needed for MR imaging), data collection, and animal transfer (rats and mice only).
  • Full Scanning Support: Investigators are fully supported throughout the scanning procedure by lab staff.
  • Independent Operation: Investigators will be certified by the lab director after completion of independent operator training by the NPIL-designated trainer, and may perform imaging study and animal handling independently.

Service Rates for FY24

Internal NPIL Rates for Stanford Users

Stanford hourly rate
Wu Tsai Neuro affiliated hourly rate
MRI use, peak$295$195
Director support$90$90
Bench use$16$16

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External NPIL Rates for Non-Stanford Users

External hourly rate (Nonprofit) 
External hourly rate (For Profit)
MRI use$455.48$683.22
Director support$128.9$208.44

All studies are conducted by the NPIL director, and live animal studies must use animals that have either been quarantined on campus (12 weeks) prior to imaging or have been ordered directly from approved vendors. Director support includes protocol design, animal ordering (animal costs and housing are additional), experimental set-up and data report preparation. 

External for profit use is limited to 15% of actual magnet usage, so availability may be limited.

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Giving Credit to NPIL

As with all Stanford Service Centers, credit must be given to the Neurosciences Preclinical Imaging Lab for data that results in a publication. If work performed in the lab produces data resulting in a figure in a publication, you are required to acknowledge the lab ("Neurosciences Preclinical Imaging Lab") in the publication. Further, if NPIL staff members provided significant experimental design, data interpretation, or other intellectual contribution (as evaluated by the PI), then it is expected that these individuals will be coauthors on the publication.

Important note: please keep the lab informed of such publications. Send us the citation (including PubMed ID), or a link to the journal article when it is published online. Supported publications are an important metric for continued administrative support of service centers at Stanford, and we rely on you to make our publication lists complete!