Biological Imaging Centre

Our goal is to translate discoveries from the bench, efficiently and confidently, to realise their potential to improve health.

The Imperial College Biological Imaging Centre (BIC) is a Department of Medicine facility at Hammersmith Hospital Campus.  The Centre houses PET/CT, MRI and optical imaging (FMT and IVIS), supporting the scientific community to conduct cutting edge translational research in in vivo disease models.

Imaging resources

Bruker BioSpec 9.4T MRI System

Bruker BioSpec 9.4T MRI System

The top of the range Bruker BioSpec 9.4T system allows high resolution in vivo imaging of all murine models of disease and therapy, from diffusion tensor imaging of brain connectivity, measures of tumour burden, through to live assessment of cardiac function and viability. The system is equipped with a wide range of RF coils, a 4 channel proton receiver, allowing parallel imaging, and a cryocoil (the first in the UK) which has the capability of drastically enhancing signal to noise.  

Inveon PET/SPECT/CT System

Inveon PET/SPECT/CT System

A versatile platform for laboratory animal Computed Tomography (CT), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) studies on a single integrated gantry. The system can be configured for combination of PET/CT, SPECT/CT, PET/SPECT/CT or CT only. Also provided is the fused 3D imaging of multiple static or dynamic volumes of each imaging modality combinations, with the ability to perform complex volumetric segmentation for quantification.

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IVIS Lumina XR III

IVIS Lumina XR III

The PerkinElmer IVIS Lumina XR III provides an expandable, sensitive bench-top imaging system that is easy to use for both fluorescent and bioluminescent imaging in vivo. The system is equipped with up to 26 filters that can be used to image reporters that emit from green to near-infrared.

FMT

FMT

Fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT) is a novel tomographic near-infrared (NIR) imaging modality that enables 3D quantitative determination of fluorochrome distribution in tissues at any depth. Imaging in 4 separate laser diode excitation channels of 635 nm, 670 nm, 750 nm and 785 nm.