Helping People to Hear

Using advanced techniques at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan, scientists have created three-dimensional images of the complex interior anatomy of the human ear, information that is key to improving the design and placement of cochlear implants.

BMIT eNews | Spring, 2019

- February 2019 Success! - CLS Annual Users' Meeting (WEBCAST May 9, 2019) - Cycle 30 call for proposals  - New equipment at BMIT  - Around the beamlines  - Pictures of the season - New Publications  - Upcoming Conferences

Imaging the inner ear

Imaging the inner ear promises to be new gold standard for hearing researchers “Hearing loss is such a widespread problem and my hope is that our work will eventually help us better diagnose and treat it. People are just not aware of how sensitive the auditory system is to trauma, and how isolating and depressing it can be to lose one’s ability to communicate fluidly with others,” says Janani Iyer, a PhD candidate in the Harvard-MIT Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology program.

Engineering 3D bio-printed scaffolds

Engineering 3D bio-printed scaffolds to help regenerate damaged peripheral nervous systems In the last decade or so, 3D printing has experienced a surge in popularity as the technology has become more precise and accessible. Now, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan are looking at how we can use 3D printing to help damaged nervous systems to regrow.

K-edge Subtraction Imaging of Barium and Strontium in Bone

University of Saskatchewan researchers investigated skeletal uptake of barium and strontium, as tracers of bone turnover, in two different age groups, growing and skeletally mature, in healthy rats. 


The BMIT facility at the Canadian Light Source is specifically designed to support a wide variety of programs in the life sciences, and provides outstanding possibilities for research, including potential clinical applications in imaging and radiation therapy. The facility has two beamlines; a bend magnet beamline, 05B1-1, and an insertion device beamline, 05ID-2. The BMIT advanced imaging modalities allow biomedical systems to be visualized in ways not possible using conventional clinical systems. These can provide insight into anatomy, function, visualization of disease processes including therapeutic response and the possibility of repeated imaging at low dose.


  • 05ID-2 (SOE-1) Status:
    In Operation
  • 05B1-1 (POE-2) Status:
    In Operation
  • 05ID-2 (POE-2) Status:
    No Planned Operations
  • Call for Proposals
    Cycle 31 Opens July 31 - Closes August 28
  • Storage Ring Status >>
  • Research Highlights >>

List of Publications »

  • Enghag, Sara; Strömbäck, Karin; Li, Hao; Rohani, Seyed Alireza; Ladak, Hanif M. et al. (2019). Incus Necrosis and Blood Supply. Otology and Neurotology 40(7) , 1. 10.1097/mao.0000000000002292.
  • Caveney, Nathanael A.; Pavlin, Anja; Caballero, Guillermo; Bahun, Miha; Hodnik, Vesna et al. (2019). Structural Insights into Bacteriophage GIL01 gp7 Inhibition of Host Le .... Structure 27(7) . 10.1016/j.str.2019.03.019. [PDB: 6n7o]
  • Patel, Virat; Battrell, Logan; Anderson, Ryan; Zhu, Ning; Zhang, Lifeng et al. (2019). Investigating effect of different gas diffusion layers on water drople .... International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 44(33) . 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2019.05.111.