Molecular Imaging Center

The Molecular Imaging Center (MIC) provides state-of-the-art bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging for Washington University and the research community. We provide a technically qualified team to support any molecular and optical imaging needs.


Optical imaging uses light to interrogate cellular and molecular function in the living body. A variety of preclinical optical imaging systems are available for use at the MIC:

  • 3D Bioluminescence and 3D fluorescence optical tomography (transillumination)
    – Integrated optical and microCT technology
    – 3D optical tomography for fluorescence and bioluminescence
  • Spectral Unmixing & Multispectral fluorescence 
    – discrete filters from 490 –850 nm
  • Cerenkov imaging for optical radiotracer imaging
  • Near Infrared Imaging capabilities
  • 2D Fluorescence and Bioluminescence optical imaging in vivo and ex vivo
  • 3D fluorescence tomography for deep tissue imaging with quantitate single fluorophore
  • Optoacoustic in vivo imaging system


  • The MIC provides the services and instruments for fluorescence, bioluminescence, and optoacoustic imaging needs.
  • To set up an imaging session or learn more about the resources provided contact Julie Prior or Katie Duncan

The Molecular Imaging Center is located in the Optical Radiology Lab (ORL) within the Achilefu Lab in the Couch Biomedical Research Building