Imaging technology is the application of materials and methods to create, enhance, analyse or store images.
As the majority of the research, diagnosis and development performed at ICGI is based on Nucleomics (nuclei image acquisition and analysis), we have invested heavily in microscope systems, image scanners and computers with an emphasis on automation, high throughput, high performance computing and storage capacity. We have three automatic full slide image scanners, seven fully automated high resolution light microscopy systems for image analysis, three metaphase finders and seven systems for automatic karyotyping, a state of the art confocal microscope (Zeiss LSM710), in addition to a large storage area network (SAN) with a current capacity of 100 TB. We have a total of 13 laboratories with standard equipment for histology, IHC, FISH, PCR, and CGH. Almost all major acquisitions are funded either through collaborations with the industry or through external research funds. The major challenge is to obtain funds for upgrades and replacement of existing equipment, which amounts to approximately 4-5 mill NOK per year. Yearly operating expenses are covered by basic grant from the hospital.
The Institute for Cancer genetics and informatics (ICGI) has a close collaboration with the clinic, and thus takes advantage of available patient materials and information as well as expert knowledge of clinical aspects of different cancers. Being a part of the CCB, ICGI has access to wide range of research tools and equipment.
ICGI also has a formalised collaboration with the Institute of Informatics at the University of Oslo, and take advantage of both their competence and equipment, including their high performance computing facility.