SPring-8 Users Community (SPRUC)

Research Group:

Biomedical micro/nano imaging

  Atsushi Ito
  4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa, 259-1292 Japan.
  Telephone: +81-463-58-1211 ext. 4148/ +81-463-50-2017
  aeito( at )keyaki.cc.u-tokai.ac.jp

Research Area:

Biomolecules, Measurements


BL20XU, 20B2, 37XU, 47XU

Overview of Research Group, Goals and Purposes:

Biomedical micro/nano imaging group aims at the development and utilization of hard X-ray imaging systems for biomedical specimens using mainly phase contrast technique in combination with tomography and fluorescence X-ray imaging. The activities are proposed as follows:

  1. Discussion on research topics suitable for the use of SPring-8 and SACLA:
    Promising research topics are discussed and selected for the establishment of the biomedical imaging field in the SPring-8 research planning, particularly taking account of multi modal imaging system and rapid progress in super-resolution imaging techniques in optical microscopy. The station upgrade should be also proposed according to this discussion.
  2. Proposal of the upgrade of experimental stations for observing biomedical specimens:
    Proposals are presented based on our significant outputs on the observation of biomedical specimens, such as an improvement of laboratory equipment for specimen preparation and handling.
  3. Activity in the academic societies on biomedical imaging and related fields:
    Information about suitable biomedical specimens for X-ray imaging are collected by members through academic meetings, and the strategy to increase the number of potential users is discussed. In addition, to introduce X-ray imaging to researchers working in the biomedical imaging fields, the planning of a workshop on X-ray imaging in relating academic societies should be considered.