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 is available:
  • Bioluminescence imaging (BLI)

  • 3D bioluminescence and 3D fluorescence scan & reproduction 
  • Spectral unmixing
  • Fluorescence imaging for intensity and lifetime values

  • Fluorescence Tomography 
  • Near- Infrared Imaging 
  • Time-Domain Diffuse Optical Imager
  • Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography


The MIC provides the services and instruments needed for collaboration using fluorescence, bioluminescence, and more

   View our shared instrument calendar for the IVIS 50

   For more information about collaboration or 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