Biomedicum Imaging Unit

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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 a part of Medicum at the Faculty of Medicine and is located in the Biomedicum Helsinki 1 building at the Meilahti campus. Together with LMU and FIMM-HCA, BIU forms the HELMI platform of Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE).

Our services are available for all local, national, and international customers – both from academia and companies. In 2017, BIU provided services to 239 researchers from 92 research groups, corresponding to over 13,300 instrument hours.


Currently available imaging systems and services include:

  • Advanced widefield fluorescence microscopy
  • Multichannel total internal reflection microscopy
  • Superresolution microscopy
  • Laser scanning confocal microscopy
  • Multiphoton microscopy
  • Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy
  • High content microscopy
  • Preclinical fluorescence and bioluminescence imaging

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