The University of Southampton
Biomedical Imaging Unit

Biomedical Imaging Unit excellence in microscopy and imaging

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 stages of the imaging process: experiment design, imaging, image processing and analysis and publication. Advice is free and freely offered, please come and talk with us.

Equipment and facilities

BIU is equipped with a wide range of state of the art microscopes and associated equipment to support research and diagnostic imaging with a wide variety of different imaging modalities.

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

BIU offers several formal training courses; a 5 day advanced light microscopy course, a 4 day course in transmission electron microscopy, a one day introduction to image analysis and 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.

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.

Outreach and engagement

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

Southampton Imaging

BIU collaborates with other microscopy and imaging facilities across the University Campuses through the Southampton Imaging portal.

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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