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Platform for Imaging by Microscopy

Seeing the light

The Platform for Imaging by Microscopy (PIM) offers a wide range of light microscopy instruments and image analysis tools, consultations, training, and support to the research community at the CHU Sainte-Justine Mother-Child Research Hospital (affiliated with Université de Montréal), as well as collaborators and external clients.

Technologies offered

  1. Confocal microscopy, laser scanning and spinning disk – high resolution, optical sectioning
  2. FRAP (Fluorescence Recovery after Photobleaching) – molecular dynamics of defined sample regions
  3. Laser Micro-Dissection (LMD) – precise cutting of defined regions of microscopic specimen
  4. Live cell imaging – environmental control (temperature, CO2) for long-term imaging of cells, organoids, embryos
  5. Micro-manipulation, micro-injection – precise mechanical sample manipulation and injection 
  6. Monochrome and color detection – fast, light-sensitive cameras and detectors
  7. Multi-photon microscopy – powerful laser of long wavelength to penetrate deep into tissue
  8. Slide scanning – automated imaging of large fields of view by capturing an array of images and stitching them into one mosaic composite
  9. Spectral imaging – free choice of emission wavelength without filters
  10. Stereo-microscope/macroscope for large samples
  11. Super-resolution microscopy – STED (stimulated emission-depletion) on one laser scanning confocal to go beyond limit of resolution
  12. Total Internal Reflection Microscopy (TIRF) – imaging a very thin layer 
  13. Transmitted light and fluorescence
  14. Upright and inverted configurations
  15. White light laser – free choice of excitation wavelength

Which technology can be done on which instrument?

  SD-TIRF SP8 SP8-STED SP8-MP LMD DM6-1F DM6-2H DMi8-1 DMi8-2 DMi8-3 m Stereo AxioScan
Confocal SD LS LS LS                
Spectral   + + +                
White light laser     +                  
Multi-photon       +                
TIRF +                      
Super-resolution     +                  
FRAP + + + +                
LMD         +              
Micro-injection                   +    
Live cell + (+) (+)         (+) (+)      
Detection (monoch/color) M M M M C, M M C M M C, M C, M C, M
Fluorescence + + + + + +   + + + + +
Macroscope                     +  
Stand inv inv inv upr upr upr upr inv inv inv upr upr


Platform Manager
Elke Küster-Schöck 
514 345-4931, extension 5231

Gilles Hickson
Graziella Di Cristo

Representative – Common equipment
Valérie Villeneuve
514 345-4931, extension 2786

Usage request and rules

Please fill this online form for any usage request
We will then contact you to arrange for a short consultation to discuss your imaging needs and set up training as needed.

Please fill and sign this form (for new users)
Document General Rules for Users of the PIM and Commitment of Researchers to fill for the new users.
Version française disponible ici.

Booking calender

Financial partners

  • CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation 
  • Leica Microsystems

Technical details for each microscope

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Updated on 7/6/2021
Created on 8/14/2017
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