Imaging flow cytometry (IFC) has become a powerful tool for studying the activation of transcriptional factors in heterogeneous cell populations in high-content imaging mode. With considerable interest to the clinical development of IFC, the question becomes how we can accelerate its application to solid tissues. We developed the first IFC-based procedure to quantify the nuclear translocation of interferon regulatory factor (IRF) 3, an important measure of induction of type I interferon antiviral response, in primary human immune cells including in solid tissues. After tissue digestion and protocol optimization by spectral flow cytometry, cell suspension is stained for intracellular IRF3 and acquired by IFC. Image analysis is performed using an optimized nuclear mask and similarity score parameter to correlate the location of IRF3 staining and a nuclear dye. The technique measures IRF3 activation at a single cell level and can detect small changes in the percent of activated cells providing objective quantitative data for statistical analysis.