Experimental Imaging

Fluorescence microscope in front of computer screen
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© Fraunhofer IZI
Visualization of a stroke in a 3D model of a rat’s brain.
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3D model of astrocytes based on immunohistochemical staining.
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Evidence of calcifications in the aorta of a rat with chronic kidney disease.

The field of life sciences presents us with a number of imaging methods. Procedures applied in this field draw on a broad span of the electromagnetic spectrum, ranging from short-wave roentgen radiation (computer tomography) to light that is visible to humans (microscopy), right over to the radio frequency range (magnetic resonance imaging). Each one of these procedures is able to pinpoint structures or biological processes in the living organism with great precision.


The unit is focussing here on developing imaging solutions to scientific tasks both with and for partners from the fields of research and industry. Besides pure data acquisition, projects up to device development are also implemented. In interdisciplinary consortia, the working group serves as an interface between engineering and life sciences.

The technologies available at the Fraunhofer IZI for experimental imaging include:

  • Brightfield microscopy and automated slide scanning
  • Specialized fluorescence and laser scanning microscopy
  • Live cell microscopy for visualization of biological processes
  • Laser microdissection for tissue or cell isolation
  • High-field (7T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the small-animal scanner
  • Bioluminescence (BLI) and Fluorescence imaging (FLI) using the optical imager
  • Computed tomography (CT) with subsequent planning and implementation of radiation therapy

As part of an institute-wide network of bioanalytical methods, other techniques such as mass spectrometry, flow cytometry and DNA sequencing can be used to assess biological samples. Further information on this and a detailed equipment overview can be found on the homepage of the Advanced Analytics Technology Platform.


Here you will find an overview of all publications that have emerged from the research work of our unit.



Press release

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Cell: Fraunhofer IZI researches to improve imaging methods for organoids


Equipment Microscopy

Here is an overview of our microscopy equipment.

Equipment In Vivo Imaging

Here is an overview of our in vivo imaging equipment.