As technical methods continue to be advanced, new imaging procedures and evaluation methods used to depict structures and processes are always available for biological investigations. However, due to a parallel specialization of the majority of research areas, most scientists are lacking in the time, experience and in-depth knowledge that would enable them to really get to grips with the limits and possibilities of these innovative procedures. This means that the potential of modern imaging procedures often remains untapped.
The field of experimental imaging therefore unites the knowledge of various imaging procedures with the profound knowledge of applied life sciences. The unit is focussing here on developing imaging solutions to scientific tasks both with and for partners from the fields of research and industry.
Furthermore, considerable expertise and resources are required in order to operate and maintain the equipment pool and to secure modern quality assurance procedures; this need can be secured by the unit. The technologies available at the Fraunhofer IZI for experimental imaging include:
- Specialized fluorescence and laser scanning microscopy
- High-field (7T) magnetic resonance imaging in the small-animal scanner
- Bioluminescence and biofluorescence imaging using the BioImager
- Stereological and object-based analysis systems