Imaging technology and methodology can be used to visualise biological processes and structures of a specimen or patient under examination with little physical interference.
Bio-Imaging refers to imaging technology and methodology used to visualise biological processes and structures of a specimen or patient under examination, with very little physical interference. Often combining several imaging technologies, these pictures are organised into exquisitely detailed three dimensional images to answer scientific questions around biological structure and function.
Included in this technology is PET CT whole-body imaging, where a patient's entire body is scanned and captured as a series of images to support diagnosis or treatment of disease. Bio-Imaging continues to evolve and take on new dimensions as scientists develop new biomarkers and imaging methodologies.
The University Platforms
Melbourne Bioimaging, located within the Melbourne Brain Centre at the University of Melbourne, currently provides researcher access to several advanced imaging systems:
- Siemens PET-CT scanner supported by a dedicated molecular imaging technologist
- 7Tesla MRI scanner (and specialised coils) supported by a dedicated MRI radiographer
- Additional support areas including a patient waiting room and preparation rooms adjacent to the scanner bay.
Melbourne Bio-Imaging currently supports a diverse range of clinical and basic research projects spanning the investigation of crude oil storage and extraction from rocks to answering fundamental questions regarding brain function and progression of neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease.
Large Animal Imaging Node
Based in the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital in Werribee, the Large Animal Imaging node provides imaging services and the necessary facilities, equipment and expertise for contract and collaborative research in all non-human species, as well as manage critical animal cases. Importantly, the presence of veterinary imaging and veterinary anaesthesia specialists, together with purpose built animal housing, allows for imaging and assessment of animals in one location.
Imaging capabilities include:
- CT Scanner, 1.5 T MRI scanner for small to large animals (max 500kg)
- DEXA Scanner
- Nuclear scintigraphy
- Confocal endomicroscopy and laparoscopy
- Ultrasound, Image intensification, Radiography.
The node services are available on a consultative or fee-for-service basis.