WEHI’s advanced imaging technologies, using optical microscopy combined with powerful computational analysis techniques, are transforming medical research. Our facilities and expertise allow scientists to see spectacular images of biological systems with amazing detail.
These new views of biology, including unprecedented 4D live tissue observations, are bringing us closer to solving some of the world’s most complex health issues.
The ability for scientists to visualise biological mechanisms and behaviours is integral to gaining insights into how diseases develop, spread and respond to treatment.
Advanced imaging capabilities, like lattice light sheet microscopy and super resolution microscopy, coupled with advanced bioimage analysis methods, are revealing never-before-seen intricate and informative details of living tissue and systems in 3D and 4D formats.
These insights are sparking a world of new perspectives to accelerate medical discoveries.
“This new technology offers the opportunity to visualise cells and organs in unprecedented detail and in real time. It is a game changer for medical research.”
WEHI’s imaging technologies support researchers by:
We understand that great science requires state-of-the-art technology.
The Centre for Dynamic Imaging – a research laboratory within WEHI – helps scientists use advanced imaging technology and powerful computational resources to advance research.
Lattice light sheet microscopy is world leading technology for live cell imaging, enabling unprecedented 4D imaging capabilities.
WEHI’s custom-built lattice light sheet microscope is at the forefront of scientific innovation. This cutting-edge technology capability has been further supplemented by our Zeiss Lattice Lightsheet – the first pre-commercial system for lattice light sheet microscopy, enabling a greater number of researchers to access the current state of the art technology for live-cell imaging.
Other advanced imaging instruments include next generation, faster and more gentle confocal microscopes, super-resolution fluorescence widefield microscopes, multiphoton and pre-clinical bioluminescence microscopy. These all offer scientists great potential for imaging samples that would be impossible to examine on traditional microscopes.
Bioimage analysis uses computer techniques and software to visualise huge volumes of data. This helps paint a quantifiable picture, often through animated ‘graphing or mapping’, to represent and understand images of living things, like cells and tissues.
WEHI’s Bioimage Analysis Core specialises in providing high-quality image analysis services to researchers, including image segmentation and quantification, data visualisation and custom algorithm development.
Advanced imaging technologies are playing an important role in expanding the horizons of medical research.
By capturing and analysing images of living organisms, our scientists are revealing hidden clues to important questions about how our bodies respond to diseases.
These insights are helping us see solutions to problems that have in the past appeared unsolvable.
Shown here is a 3D reconstruction of microglia cells (yellow) and blood vessels (blue) in the brain, illuminated using light-sheet microscopy. Visualising the complex network of brain cells helps our researchers further uncover how these cells can influence the success of immunotherapy.
This 3D reconstruction of the thymus lobe reveals the intricate details of its inner forms. By studying its dynamics, our researchers hope to identify ways to boost thymic function after acute cancer treatments, increasing survival rates for patients.
A high-resolution microscope shows this kaleidoscopic image from a tissue fragment within a breast cancer tumour. Each splash of colour represents a unique cancer cell type. This projection enables researchers to better understand how cancer cells move and which cells are more prone to metastasising, helping shine a light on better treatment discoveries.
Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases on the planet and affects almost half the world’s population. Understanding the transmission of the disease from human back to mosquitoes could be a major step forward for malaria eradication.
WEHI researchers were able to capture this dynamic transmission in 4D-imaging for the first time, using our world-class lattice light-sheet microscope.
Art of Science is an annual competition and exhibition of still and moving images captured by WEHI scientists during their research into cancer, infection and immunity and healthy development and ageing.