Imaging technologies

Research in molecular medicine at Umeå University can take advantage of a host of clinical and preclinical imaging resources.

For humans, these platforms include a 3T MRI research scanner, clinical MRI scanners, and a PET-CT scanner with cyclotron facility.

Umeå Centre for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI)

Much of the work on these imaging platforms is done within the context of Umeå Centre for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI,, that offers support with data collection and data analyses. Via national networks, access can also be provided to MEG-imaging at KI ( and 7T-MR imaging at LU ( At Umeå University hospital, a PET-MR facility for human studies has recently been installed. For small-animal imaging, a 9.4T MRI scanner is available, and a small-animal nano-PET-CT facility has recently been opened.

Umeå Centre for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI)The Swedish National Facility for Magnetoencephalography, Karolinska InstitutetThe national 7T facility, Lund University

Biochemical Imaging Centre Umeå (BICU)

Umeå University has excellent infrastructure in imaging. One key infrastructure is BICU that is host to four powerful imaging facilities including a National Centre for High-Resolution 4D-Confocal Imaging and Fluorescence Super Resolution STORM (stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy)-Imaging financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR). Read more about BICU

Umeå Core Facility Electron Microscopy (UCEM)

UCEM is a national resource for field emission scanning-EM (FE-SEM) techniques that is exceedingly useful for visualization of surface structure in both material and life sciences. In addition UCEM is host to a new a National facility for cryo-electron microscopy and tomography. Two new TEMs, one 120 kV screening TEM and one high end 300 kV for cryo methods and whole cell tomography will be installed in Umeå. UCEM is also appointed as SciLifeLab satellite status, as a dual nod facility together facility for cryo-EM that will be established at SciLifeLab/SU. Read more about UCEM

Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility (VISP)

The Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility is a uniquely equipped infrastucture that provides Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy and microspectroscopy services, using state-of-the-art instrumentation and methodology to detect (and localise at micron and submicron level) chemical changes in various sample materials. Read more about VISP