Bioimaging (biological imaging) refers to any imaging technique used in life sciences and spans the full spectrum from molecule to man. An important sub-field is medical imaging, which refers to techniques and methods needed to create images of the human body (or parts and function thereof) for clinical purposes or medical science. Another field closely related to bioimaging is structural biology, a branch of molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics concerned with the spatial and temporal arrangement of biological macromolecules, (proteins and nucleic acids) and sub-cellular compartments.
KTH develops bioimaging technology and methodology with a significant impact on life science research and clinical practice. As a field of scientific investigation, bioimaging constitutes a sub-discipline of cell biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, biomedical engineering, medical physics or medicine depending on the context: Research and development in the area of instrumentation, image acquisition (e.g. radiography), modelling and quantification (signal processing and mathematical modelling) are usually the preserve of biomedical engineering, medical physics, mathematics and computer science; Research into the application and interpretation of images is usually the preserve of radiology (for medical images) and cell biology & molecular biology (for images of molecular and cellular structures).
Research and development activities at KTH related to bioimaging can roughly be categorised as development of
instrumentation & experimental protocols for imaging
mathematical & computational methods for image recovery and analysis