Biomedicum Imaging Unit - IVI

BIU-IVI provides equipment, training and support for whole-body optical small animal imaging, intravital multiphoton microscopy and in vivo microCT analysis. Located within the Laboratory Animal Centre, we maintain a Spectral Instruments Imaging Lago system for bioluminescent and fluorescent small animal imaging, a Zeiss multiphoton microscope optimized for intravital imaging of anesthetized rodents and Perkin Elmer Quantum GX2 microCT Imaging System, allowing acute as well as chronic in vivo imaging experiments.

BIU-IVI is a part of the Biomedicum Imaging Unit (BIU), a core facility that provides expertise and state-of-the-art equipment for modern multidimensional biomedical imaging applications. BIU is housed and supported by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, but the services are available for all local, national, international and commercial customers. BIU is the founding member of Helsinki Functional Imaging Center (HFIC), recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture as one of the most significant national level research infrastructures, and a stakeholder of the Euro-BioImaging (EuBI) pan-European research infrastructure project on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap. BIU is part of the Finnish BioImaging consortium, National Imaging Infrastructure network of Biocenter Finland and the European Light Microscopy Initiative (ELMI).

Contact person: Intravital imaging specialist Marja Lohela, +358 2941 25268,; Principal Investigator Pipsa Saharinen, +358-2941 25521,

Location: Biomedicum Helsinki, Haartmaninkatu 8, Meilahti campus


  • User training
  • Instrument use for trained users with specialist support & maintenance
  • Assisted use of instruments or analysis software


  • Perkin Elmer Quantum GX2 microCT Imaging System with isoflurane anesthesia for in vivo imaging of small animals
  • Spectral Instruments Imaging Lago small animal imaging system
  • Zeiss LSM7 MP OPO upright multiphoton microscope with isoflurane anesthesia & accessories for intravital imaging
  • 3 image analysis workstations and 2 virtual workstations with image processing & analysis software including Spectral Instruments Imaging Aura, IVIS Living Image, Zeiss Zen, Imaris, Huygens and FIJI
  • No longer available: Perkin Elmer IVIS 100 & IVIS Kinetic small animal imaging systems


  • Bioluminescence and fluorescence whole animal imaging of mice & rats, for applications such as tumor growth and tracer/reporter distribution
  • Up to 4-channel intravital multiphoton microscopy of various organs in anesthetized mice and rats, for applications such as vascular function, tumor biology, immunology/inflammation and others
  • Image processing & analysis

User fees:

The research infrastructure is supported by University of Helsinki (HiLIFE and Faculty of Medicine) and Biocenter Finland. The academic prices (excl. VAT) are listed below;  detailed user policy can be found here. Please ask for a quotation for your project.




Perkin Elmer Quantum GX2 microCT Imaging System 50 N/A

Spectral Instruments Imaging Lago



Zeiss LSM 7 MP OPO



Imaging Workstation 1 & 2



Imaging Workstation 3, virtual workstations



Training fee (in addition to instrument cost)



Assisted use (in addition to instrument cost)


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