Biomedicum Imaging Unit

Biomedicum Imaging Unit (BIU) is a core facility that provides services for your biomedical optical imaging needs ranging from designing the experiment to analysis of the results.

BIU is part of the Helsinki BioImaging (HBI) and Helsinki in vivo animal imaging (HAIP) platforms of Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE). BIU operates under the Medicum unit at the Faculty of Medicine, and is located in the Biomedicum Helsinki 1 building at the Meilahti campus (see the map by clicking on the link).

We are also part of Biocenter Finland Biological imaging network, and provide nationwide technology services on advanced light microscopy techniques. We belong to Euro-BioImaging Advanced Microcopy Finnish Node and provides access to cutting-edge imaging technologies, image data storage solutions and different analysis tools to international visitors.

Our services are available for all local, national, and international customers – both from academia and companies. In 2021, BIU provided services to 291 researchers from 96 research groups, corresponding to over 15 300 instrument hours.


Currently available imaging systems and services include:

  • Advanced widefield fluorescence microscopy
  • Laser scanning and spinning disk confocal microscopy
  • Superresolution microscopy
  • Multichannel total internal reflection microscopy
  • Multiphoton microscopy
  • Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy
  • High content microscopy
  • Light sheet microscopy and digital light sheet microscopy
  • Preclinical fluorescence and bioluminescence imaging
  • Micro-CT imaging
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Stereo microscopy
  • Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy

In addition, we have a wide selection of tools for image deconvolution, volume rendering, and other post-processing and analysis needs.