A Comprehensive Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute

Image Computing, Analysis, and Repository Facility

Scientific Directors: Robert M. Nishikawa, PhD, and Charles A. Pelizzari, PhD
Technical Directors: Chun Wai Chan, MS, and Chad R. Haney, PhD
Website: icar.bsd.uchicago.edu

(Read an article about this core in Pathways to Discovery)

The Image Computing, Analysis, and Repository (ICAR) Facility allows researchers to take maximum advantage of available imaging modalities by supplying expertise in image analysis from simple consultation to shared development of new analysis software to analysis and delivery of results. The ICAR complements the Integrated Small Animal Imaging Research Resource (iSAIRR), which provides initial consultation to identify the appropriate imaging studies, and to ensure that animal preparation and imaging procedures are accomplished correctly and consistently, leading to maximum data quality. ICAR provides researchers with free access to computers and storage and fee-based analysis services, supporting image acquisition, construction of databases, reconstruction techniques, image analysis (including computer-aided diagnosis), and technology assessment. The facility supports basic research involving modeling and simulations, applied research involving the development of new image-analysis methods, and the development of grid-based technologies.


  • Access to a high-performance computing system and scientific software packages (Mathematica, MATLAB, IDL, etc.)
  • Access to parallel and grid computing applications and services
  • Multiterabyte online storage and archiving for computing involving large datasets and for storage and retrieval of animal imaging data
  • Design of image analysis protocols suited to a specific preclinical imaging research application
  • Development of image analysis software solutions (incorporating existing and/or newly developed applications)
  • Turnkey image analysis