University of Göteborg, Göteborg, Sweden
Center for Bio-Imaging, Sahlgrenska Akademin
Göteborg University established a core facility (Center for Bio-Imaging, CBI) for the imaging of small rodents. The unit is equipped with state-of the-art systems to acquire images in high spatial and temporal resolution. Currently available are magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS, Bruker 7, multichannel), ultrasound (US, ATL HDI 5000 SonoCT), computer tomography (CT, XCT Research M), double energy X-ray absorption (DEXA, pDEXA Sabre®) and a gamma camera (GE systems, modified). All systems are adapted for the in-vivo use in small animals. The image modalities at CBI serve as infrastructure for research groups from different universities in Sweden (Lund, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Uppsala, Umeĺ) and enable them to perform non-invasive investigation of genetically engineered animals.
CBI is driven by researchers with a mixed background from cardiology, clinical physiology, endocrinology, chemistry and radiophysics; all of them are located at Gothenburg university and are imbedded into different research groups in Gothenburg. A tight cooperation exists between the Department of Neuroscience in Lund and CBI for the development of high resolution MRI and usage of the techniques in degenerative diseases. The researchers in CBI do have collaborations with international research groups within Europe (Oxford, Basel, Rotterdam, Würzburg) and the USA (Missouri, Boston, Chicago, Washington).