About the 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, Media, and Imaging Laboratory (VMIL).

A secondary mission of the ITG is to develop advanced imaging technologies with an emphasis on projects in remote and virtual instrument control, and scientific visualization. Other popular ITG projects include Bugscope—an educational outreach project that provides real-time web-based remote control of our $500,000 Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) to school children worldwide so that they can look at insects they have sent us in the mail. Previously, we developed Chickscope to provide real-time MRI scanning to school children so they could image chicken embryos inside the egg during development.

Our group is also active in scientific visualization and other imaging related projects. For example, our involvement in the Mandible Reconstruction Project is working with other departments on campus to produce biocompatible artificial bone replacements. Our 3-D animation work describing this project was recently screened as one of two visualizations chosen for SIGGRAPH 2004.