The Experimental Pathology Core (EPC) at CMIR brings unique expertise in validating of new imaging agents against gold standards and in identifying disease processes in animal models to link molecular imaging research and pathology. The core provides various services, including tissue processing, sectioning, staining, image analysis and interpretation, tissue banking and molecular analysis. The core also performs innovative research to further improve and enhance existing methodologies.


All pathology requests are project based and reviewed at weekly MIP meetings. The price for EPC services is $65/hour (effective 5/1/2007) Assistance with new projects is available by arrangement with the Core Director. To initiate a request, please submit EPC Requisition form   (in pdf format).

Tissue processing and staining

  • Fixation
  • Embedding
  • Sectioning (cryo, paraffin)
  • Staining (e.g., general morphology, special stains and immunohistochemistry)
  • Tissue banking
  • Tissue microarrays


  • Light microscopy
  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Confocal Microscopy


  • Image interpretation
  • Quantitative image analysis
  • Image archival