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Multiwavelength bioluminescence / fluorescence imaging system

The Biospace Lab PhotonIMAGER Optima is a next generation bioluminescence and fluorescence in vivo imaging system. It has full spectrum imaging capability from blue to near-infrared in bioluminescence and fluorescence (continuous selection of excitation wavelength from 450 – 1000nm).

Make/model Biospace Lab PhotonIMAGER Optima
Details Real-time, optical imaging system (bioluminescence and fluorescence) for kinetic studies and longitudinal experiments of synthetic systems/ models and living tissues.
Facility Bioimaging Research Hub
School School of Biosciences

Light tight imaging chamber with multi-position supporting plate (supporting macroscopic imaging down to cell dimensions); intensified CCD camera with macro lens f/1.2-22; excitation filter wheel with 16 band pass filter: 400-800nm (25nm bandwidth); emission filter wheel with 15 filters; spectral unmixing.

Internal users can book the equipment using the shared Outlook calendar 'BIOSI - Biospace Lab Photon Imager'. Details of how to book equipment through Outlook.

Please keep to your allotted booking time. You will be charged for the time that you have reserved the instrument for, irrespective of usage. The minimum booking time is 1 hour.

Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours in advance. If you fail to turn up for a booking you will be charged.

Internal users

Contact Dr Lee Parry: / +44 (0)29 2068 8017 or Dr Patrick Hardinge: / +44 (0)29 2087 9396

External users

Contact Dr Lee Parry: / +44 (0)29 2068 8017 or Dr Patrick Hardinge: / +44 (0)29 2087 9396

Contact Dr Lee Parry: / +44 (0)29 2068 8017 or Dr Patrick Hardinge: / +44 (0)29 2087 9396

To comply with Cardiff University Health and Safety Policy, individuals must receive appropriate training before using this equipment and be aware of the risks involved in its use.

Please refer to the specific Biospace PhotonIMAGER Optima Risk Assessment.

All users are expected to observe the following. If they fail to comply they will lose their access rights:

  • Food and drink are not permitted within the facility.
  • All waste material (including laboratory gloves) should be disposed of properly.
  • Coats and bags when left on the floor in a low light environment represent a tripping hazard. Either hang them on the internal door hooks or do not bring them into the imaging suites.
  • Do not use any equipment that you have not been properly trained to use. All users should familiarise themselves with the appropriate risk assessments for the procedures being undertaken.
  • All USB data storage devices must be virus checked before plugging them into any of our systems.
  • All systems should be correctly powered down at the end of your session and usage correctly logged in the database.

Get in touch

Dr Lee Parry

+44 (0)29 2068 8017


BIOSI 3, 5.09
Sir Martin Evans Building
Museum Avenue
CF10 3AX

Opening hours

Contact Dr Lee Parry: / +44 (0)29 2068 8017