Optical Imaging uses non ionizing radiation such as visible, ultraviolet, and infrared light to obtain detailed images of organs and tissues as well as smaller structures including cells and even molecules. A variety of bioluminescent and/or fluorescent probes can be used, each targeted to a specific molecular or cellular event. Optical Imaging is particularly useful for visualizing cells that have been engineered to express reporter genes, provided that they are located not too deep in the body.
List of the Euro-BioImaging Node Candidates that offer optical Imaging for interim operation :
- Belgium - Molecular Imaging Belgian Node
- Italy - Molecular Imaging Italian Node
- Netherlands - Facility of excellence in imaging - ALM and Molecular imaging Node Maastricht
- Netherlands - Preclinical Imaging Centre (PRIME) - Molecular Imaging Dutch Node
- Norway - NORMOLIM, Norwegian Molecular Imaging Infrastructure