Bioimaging Guidelines

Access to Bioimaging

  • Fill out the Bioimaging Training Information Form and submit to the Bioimaging specialist.
  • Discuss project and imaging needs with Bioimaging specialist. During this time a date will be set for training. NOTE: Typical wait times for a training session are 5-10 days.
  • Obtain training on equipment. Includes both theory and practical instruction.
  • Once proficiency is demonstrated, access to facility and imaging system will be permitted.

Training

All new users must attend a separate training session on each of the microscope systems. Ideally, best training and optimization of settings is possible if new users bring their own samples during the instructional sessions. All training will be done by the bioimaging specialist. Users must demonstrate a thorough familiarity with the equipment and associated software prior to unassisted use.

Scheduling

Online scheduling is available only to those individuals who have received training on equipment.  Tardiness of more than 20 minutes will result in forfeiture of reserved time and anyone can claim this period. If you have booked a microscope system and no longer need to use it, you are expected to cancel your bookings 30 minutes prior to the start time. Failure to do so may result in charges for the full amount of time that was booked and missed.

Billing – FOR NON SMH RESEARCHERS ONLY

In order to offset operational expenses, a fee for service model has been implemented (see Fee schedule). Every month, a detailed confirmation of the charges incurred will be sent to each researcher. Do not share your profile with anyone and always logout at the end of your session, otherwise your supervisor will be billed for time you did not use.

Safety

By the time a sample is brought into the facility, it should not have the same degree of hazard associated with it as it had during preparation. Gloves from your lab should not be brought into BioImaging although you may put on clean ones. A microscope stage should not have any residue on it and both slides and outside surfaces of samples should be clean and dry.

Equipment Usage

Be sure to turn off the microscope system and cover the microscope (if available) if you are the last user of the day (refer to Online scheduling system). Be sure to clean immersion objectives with the cleaning solution and Kim wipes provided before and after each use. Please report any hardware or software problems or any misuse of equipment to the Bioimaging specialist promptly so that steps can be taken to fix any issues.

Data Storage

The acquisition computers are equipped with designated data drives where you may temporarily store your images (up to 5GB). These data drives are not private. It is the users’ responsibility to copy data to their own storage devices, and to remove data from the acquisition computer.

The Bioimaging facility is not responsible for any lost or unsaved data.

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