Biomedical Imaging Unit, Southampton

The Biomedical Imaging Unit, is a joint University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS)/University of Southampton (UoS) facility for high quality/high resolution diagnostic and research microscopy. Accredited under UKAS to ISO 15189, this core facility carries out research work for UoS, other universities and research institutes, industry and artists, together with diagnostic microscopy for UHS, and other hospitals both nationally and internationally.



Imaging Platforms

Keywords - Light Microscopy: Confocal microscopy | Widefield microscopy | Laser microdissection | Live cell imaging | Light-sheet microscopy (SPIM) | Virtual slide scanning microscopy
Keywords - Electron Microscopy: Transmission EM | Scanning Transmission EM | Electron tomography | Scanning EM (Tungsten) | Serial Block Face SEM | X-ray microanalysis 
Keywords - X-Ray Microscopy: MicroCT

The Biomedical Imaging Unit is extremely well equipped, housing a range of instruments including light, electron and x-ray microscopy in 2- 3- and 4-dimensions.


Keywords - Biological: Cell Biology | Neurobiology | Developmental Biology | Immunobiology | Plant Biology | Zebrafish| C.elegans | Drosophila | Microbiology | Bio-materials | Histology/pathology | Food | Diagnostic microscopy
Keywords - Physical Sciences: Bioengineering & biomaterials | Metallurgy/Alloy Development | Functional oxides | Nanomaterials | Geology/Mineralogy


Sample Preparation

Keywords - Biological: Resin embedding | Ultrathin sectioning | Serial sectioning | Tokuyasu embedding | Immunolabelling | Critical Point Drying | Metal coating | Negative stain | Correlative Light & EM | PLT | Immunofluorescence | Cryostat sectioning | Vibrating microtome | H&E staining | Enzyme histochemistry | Live Cell


Data Analysis

Keywords - Software: ImageJ | FIJI | Amira | IMOD | Matlab | Volocity | Digital Micrograph/ GMS


Shared Access

As a multi-user facility supported by highly experienced and expert imaging staff, the Biomedical Imaging Unit can provide a complete supporting workflow for internal and external users in all aspects of imaging from experimental design, proof of concept tests, user training, sample preparation, imaging, interpretation, processing and analysis of specimens, data management and archiving.

We also provide training both on a one to one basis and in more formal courses.


We are happy to discuss imaging requirements and access charges. 

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Point of Contact

Biomedical Imaging Unit, Southampton
Biomedical Imaging Unit
Level B South Block (MP12)
General Hospital
Southampton, SO16 6YD, United Kingdom

Patricia Goggin, 023 8120 4815

Staff list

Lizzie Angus
David Chatelet
Katie Dexter
Regan Doherty 
Patricia Goggin
Catherine Griffiths
David Johnston
Grace Patterson
James Thompson
Sirli Veetousme


University of Southampton