IVIS Imaging Core Facility

Welcome to the IVIS Imaging Core Facility at Boston University Medical Campus. The IVIS Imaging Core Facility is equipped with the following instruments:

  • IVIS Spectrum (PerkinElmer) Imaging System
  • Xenogen Anesthesia System
  • Living Image Acquisition/Analysis Package

The Primary use of the instrumentation is to non-invasively monitor bio-luminescence and fluorescence in 2D and 3D within small animal models (rats and mice) although the instrument may also be used to assay comparatively sized tissue volumes post animal retrieval for specimens from larger animals. The instrument is able to non-invasively monitor up to 5 mice at once and monitor in vivo multiple fluorescent and bio-luminescent reporters simultaneously. The system also includes a Living Image Acquisition/Analysis Software Package, allowing for advanced quantification and analysis of all data acquired in 3 dimensions from each animal.

Internal Rates

Effective Rates: Internal*

External Rates



(Principal Investigators within Boston University) PIs within DOM DOM Subsidy PIs outside of DOM DOM Subsidy
IVIS Spectrum Workstation 700 Albany St., W-914 $92 per hour $55 $37 $83 $9 $164 per hour
IVIS Analysis 700 Albany St., W-914 $5 per 30 minutes unassisted $5 $2 $4.50 $0.50 $12.50 per 30 minutes unassisted

*Department of Medicine (DOM) will subsidize 40% of internal rates for Principal Investigators with a primary appointment within the Department of Medicine, and 10% of internal rates for Principal investigators with a primary appointment at BU but outside the Department of Medicine.

How to Schedule

Please login to iLab system to schedule equipment time or services. For new users please follow the steps outlined in Information for New Users.

Hours of Operation: 24/7
Technician Availability: By appointment only.

Important information for External Investigators

We strongly recommend external users to plan their studies at least 2 months in advance. Prior to using the IVIS Imaging Core Facility external investigators must:

  • Establish a BU IACUC protocol describing animal strains, procedures and study design (independently of whether you already have an approved IACUC at your institution);
  • Import mice to BU and quarantine them (not required if purchased from approved commercial vendors rather than transferred from your institution);
  • Set up inter-institutional assurances and a BU account.

Please reach out to the Core Director for assistance and inquires on these procedures and study design.

Additional Information


Francesca Seta, PhD
Core Director
Evans Biomedical Research Center, X-Building
650 Albany St. 7th Floor, Room X-720
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 358-7814| setaf@bu.edu


IVIS Imaging Core Facility
Boston University Medical Campus
Center for Advanced Biomedical Research, W-Building
700 Albany St., 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02118


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