IVIS® Optical System


The IVIS Kinetic optical imaging system is a real time imaging system enabling acquisition of biologically relevant events within milliseconds. This IVIS systems can be used for in-vivo, ex-vivo, and in-vitro imaging studies and are ideal for both high SNR quantitative scans and high throughput screening applications. The IVIS Lumina optical imaging system is similar to the Kinetic but does not have real time capabilities. The Lumina is located in the Genetic Medicine Building room UB61. The purpose of this machine is to facilitate optical imaging studies with animals located in the GMB vivarium that cannot be returned from outside laboratories.

Study examples

  • Oncology Research
  • Infectious Disease
  • Inflammation
  • Metabolic Disease
  • Neurology
  • Gene Therapy
  • Stem cell Biology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Drug metablism
  • Cherenkov radiation imaging

Main advantages of this system include:

  • Highly sensitive EMCCD camera for in vivo and in vitro imaging of fluorescence and bioluminescence
  • Rapid image readout speeds with frame transfer technology
  • Light-tight injection port, supporting a syringe injector system for real time compound and/or substrate administration
  • Adjustable field of view 5 cm2 -12.5 cm2
  • Highly sensitive EMCCD camera
  • CCD camera is thermoelectrically cooled to -80 C for low dark current and low noise
  • 10 position excitation filters
  • 25 emission filters ranging from 500nm-800nm
  • Fast frame rate for real time imaging


The SAI offers monthly training on IVIS optical imaging systems.  Please click on this link to learn more.  Please contact us at bricsai@med.unc.edu or call us at 919-966-2855 with any questions about your optical study.

Sample Images