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Biomedical Imaging Unit

Biomedical Imaging Unit excellence in microscopy and imaging

COVID-19 STATUS - WE REMAIN OPEN THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC TO PROVIDE NHS DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES, TO PROVIDE ACCESS FOR UNIVERSITY STAFF WHO HAVE RETURNED TO THE LAB AND TO SUPPORT THOSE WORKING FROM HOME BY FACILITATING REMOTE ACCESS, PROVIDING ONLINE TRAINING AND BY UNDERTAKING PROCESSING AND IMAGING SERVICES. WE OPERATE AS A COVID-SECURE ENVIRONMENT AND LOCAL UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITAL RULES MUST BE FOLLOWED AT ALL TIMES. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR YOUR IMAGING REQUIREMENTS.

The Biomedical Imaging Unit provides state of the art facilities and research and diagnostic services (accredited under ISO 15189) in high quality and high resolution light and electron microscopy, with a special emphasis on 3D imaging.

We are based at University Hospital Southampton and are joint funded by the University of Southampton (Faculty of Medicine) and the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Our core staff, services and facilities serve a wide user base from the Faculty of Medicine, the wider University, other universities and research institutes, industry and artists - anyone with a need for high quality and high resolution microscopy.

Please use the navigation links on the top tab or the links below to explore and contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Advice and contact information

BIU staff are here to help at all stages of the imaging process: experiment design and optimisation, imaging, image processing and analysis and publication. Advice is free and freely offered.  

Equipment and facilities

BIU is equipped with state of the art resources to support research and diagnostic imaging with a wide variety of different modalities and specific expertise in 3D and correlative imaging.  

NHS diagnostic services

BIU provides ISO 15189-accredited diagnostic services in electron microscopy for UHS and other NHS Trusts and is one of 3 national referral units for the specialist diagnosis of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD).

Courses and training

BIU offers a 5 day advanced light microscopy course, a 4 day course in transmission electron microscopy, one day introductions to image analysis and confocal masterclasses and bespoke 1-to-1 tuition.  

A picture paints a thousand words

BIU has access to some of the best imaging systems available and prides itself in taking the best possible images, irrespective of whether the image is for research, diagnostics, education or outreach purposes.

Sci-Art collaborations

Professional artists and art students use our microscopes to inspire and create artworks in a variety of traditional media and modern approaches including projections and installations.    

Outreach and engagement

BIU is committed to public engagement: open days and public events, formal outreach projects, visits for schools, work experience and sandwich placements. Please contact us for further information.

For our users

A collection of internal and external meeting archives, BIU course synopses, system protocols and other useful information for registered facility users.  

External links

A collection of web links to microscopy reference sites including equipment manufacturers, online microscopy tutorials, fluorescence microscopy  data and useful software.

BIU Online Booking

BIU operates an online booking system for all its equipment and facilities. Access to the system is restricted to registered users on the university domain.

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