Biomedical Imaging Unit

Biomedical Imaging Unit

Biomedical Imaging Unit

The Biomedical Imaging Unit provides facilities and research and diagnostic services in high quality and high resolution light and electron microscopy.


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Coming Soon:

High resolution and Serial Block face Scanning electron microscopy
Light sheet microscopy

New instruments have been ordered and will be installed early in 2014

2014 Advanced Light Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy Courses

We will be running our next courses around May 2014. Please Contact Anton Page if you are interested in securing a place on either course). more info

About Us

The Biomedical Imaging Unit (BIU) is a jointly funded facility of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, located at Southampton General Hospital.

Our equipment includes state-of-the-art transmission and scanning electron microscopes, laser scanning confocal microscopes, a virtual slide scanning system, live cell imaging facilities, 2D and 3D analysis and rendering workstations and general photomicroscopes. more info

We run formal training courses in transmission electron microscopy and advanced light microscopy that are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and provide 1-to-1 training for specific instruments, applications and analyses for facility users and support and advice on methodology and experimental design. more info

Our NHS diagnostic services for several NHS Trusts include TEM, SEM and X-ray microanalysis. We are also a national referral unit for the specialist diagnosis of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) through combined light and electron microscopy approaches. more info

We host occasional informal meetings and workshops on specific microscopy topics for local users that feature both internal and external speakers and we run an annual photomicrography competition for our users. more info

Our microscopes are used by several professional artists to inspire and create artworks. more info

BioImaging Southampton

Together with sister facilities across the University, BIU forms a virtual microscopy Consortium (BioImaging Southampton) providing a wide range of specialist microscopy and imaging services to an extensive user base across the University and NHS Trust, other research organisations, NHS Trusts and industry.


 μ-VIS: a dedicated centre for computed tomography (CT) based in Engineering (Highfield Campus) which provides complete support for 3D imaging science across Engineering, Biomedical, Environmental and Archaeological Sciences.

Imaging and Microscopy Centre: a sister facility in the Faculty of Biological Sciences (Highfield Campus) which specialises in confocal and multiphoton laser scanning microscopy and electrophysiology.

Computationally Intense Imaging: a multidisciplinary collaboration to exploit technique, algorithmic and computational capabilities across the University.

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