Imaging Technology Group

The primary mission of the Imaging Technology Group (ITG) is to provide state-of-the-art imaging facilities for researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This service mission is accomplished through two facilities: the Microscopy Suite and the Visualization Laboratory.

A secondary mission of the ITG is to develop advanced imaging technologies with an emphasis on projects in remote instrument control and scientific visualization.

Image of the Week

Imaging Technology Group: Image of the Week: January 6, 2004 [ Link to full information ].

High Precision 2-Photon Polymerization

January 6, 2004

The image layout depicts structures over a large range of sizes created using 2-photon photopolymerization on the Leica SP-2 multiphoton instrumentation at the ITG. (A)Series of voxels polymerized while varying incident power intensity across the response range of the polymer system. The observable voxel size dependance on power is a direct implication of the two-photon polymerization threshold. (B) Large, region of interest produced using a complimentary scanning technique for beam control. (C) Close-up of the structure showing scan interlace offset and the exquisite detail which can be obtained using new initiators engineered for large two-photon absorption cross-sections.

Image Courtesy: Stephanie Pruzinsky, Paul V. Braun

Contact: pruzinsk@uiuc.edu


Imaging & Visualization Forum

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News

Visualization Laboratory Acquires New Image Pro Plus v7 Image Analysis Software

PhotoThe Visualization Laboratory has acquired new image/video analysis software, Image Pro Plus version 7 (by Media Cybernetics). The software is capable of handling a range of image data for numerical analysis, including microscopy images, photographs, and video files. A major functionality for video or image sequences is the ability to track moving objects in a scene and derive a range of statistical information. Other measurment and processing functions are included, along with the ability to create macros for applying repeated/automated step-by-step procedures. Image Pro Plus is installed on the Visualization Laboratory computer "Krasner".

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Posted: July 18, 2011

Katharine Sharp goes digital

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Travis Ross, visualization laboratory manager at the Beckman Institute, recently performed a 3D scan of the Katharine Sharp Memorial, a bas-relief sculpture of Katharine Lucinda Sharp, university librarian and founding director of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (1893-1907). The sculpture was created by Lorado Taft and hangs in the Main Library.

The final 3D image was created by stitching together 40 individual scans, each capturing the rich texture of a piece that was originally sculpted in 1921. GSLIS Dean John Unsworth requested the scan, which uses advanced technology to further memorialize a groundbreaking leader, not only of this campus, but in the field of library and information science.

"We're grateful to the Imaging Technology Group and the Library for helping us turn Katharine Sharp into information that can now be shared freely," said Unsworth.

Image Credit: Photographer: L. Brian Stauffer, 3D Image: Travis Ross

Posted: July 7, 2011

Advanced Functional Materials Cover by ITG

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The March 22, 2011 issue of Advanced Functional Materials cover features an image by ITG's Janet Sin-Hanlon. Created for the article "Biosensors: Control of Nanoscale Environment to Improve Stability of Immobilized Proteins on Diamond Surfaces", authored by Adarsh D. Radadia, Courtney J. Stavis, Rogan Carr, Hongjun Zeng, William P. King, John A. Carlisle, Aleksei Aksimentiev, Robert J. Hamers and Rashid Bashir, the image depicts antibodies attached to a diamond surface, improving protein function.

Image Credit: Janet Sinn-Hanlon

Posted: March 22, 2011