Kuopio Biomedical Imaging Unit (Kuopio-BIU) provides open-access services for research and imaging. Kuopio-BIU has excellent facilities and equipment for the in vivo imaging and ex vivo MRI microscopy of small animals, biological tissue and other research materials in different basic and applied research areas. Kuopio-BIU’s strengths lie in world-class small-animal MRI and a strong combination of different imaging methods. The University of Eastern Finland also provides high-quality animal models and expertise in biotechnology and contrast molecule synthesis.
Kuopio-BIU is located at the A.I.Virtanen Institute at the University of Eastern Finland and serves as a national, preclinical magnetic imaging centre as a part of the Biocenter Kuopio and the Finnish Biomedical Imaging Node (FiBI) in the pan-European Euro-BioImaging consortium. Kuopio-BIU provides research services and training on the independent use of the imaging infrastructure as an open-access service.
”The key equipment at Kuopio-BIU induces five 0.7 T - 11.7 T MRI scanners, a dDNP hyperpolarization machine, microCT and two PET systems, one of which enables simultaneous PET/MRI imaging of small animals”, Professor Olli Gröhn, Director of Kuopio-BIU, summarises. “We launched our international activities in the early 2000s, and today, a total of 6 research groups for the University of Eastern Finland are involved in our operations. Our range of equipment, facilities and competence is broad also on an international scale, and available for academic research and business operators. We are happy to support the users in solving challenges related to technical aspects and conducting research as a part of our tailored service range.”