Cancer Center Biomedical Imaging Shared Resource

Overview of Services

The Biomedical Imaging Shared Resource (BISR) advances Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center research by providing expertise and state-of-the-art technology. Specifically, the shared resource features imaging technologies and methods that assist investigators as they assess cancer growth, metabolism and response to therapy, greatly increasing the translational potential of cancer center research.


Amit Joshi, PhD | Co-Director | (414) 955-7588
Peter LaViolette, PhD | Co-Director | (414) 955-7490

Hours of Operation


BISR services are available 8am - 5pm Monday through Friday     


Depending on staff availability and user training/experience, off-hour access to scanners is available in support of experiments requiring unique schedules. Specific locations of key equipment are listed below.

Key Equipment

The BISR has small-animal and human imaging systems dedicated for research purposes.

 PerkinElmer IVIS-100 Bioluminescence Imaging System | Located in the Biomedical Resource Center 
The IVIS system allows in vivo bioluminescence imaging in mice and rats with an enzymatic bioluminescence expressing tag (e.g., luciferase).

IVIS Spectrum CT 

Key features of the IVIS Spectrum-CT include:

  • Integrated optical and micro-CT technology
  • 3D optical tomography for fluorescence and bioluminescence
  • Bioluminescence
  • Multispectral fluorescence and spectral unmixing
  • Cerenkov imaging for optical radiotracer detection
  • Low dose and ultrafast micro-CT
  • Dynamic enhanced imaging for real time distribution studies of both fluorochromes or PET tracers

Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Dr. Amit Joshi

Dr. Peter LaViolette