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  • Call for Proposals Open Image

    News: Call for Proposals Open

    Posted on February 08, 2019
    The Call for Proposals for Cycle 30 (June 1 to December 31 2019) is now open.  The deadline for submission is February 27, 2019. For details visit Apply for Beam Time.   

  • CT Data Reconstruction Workshop Image

    Local Events: CT Data Reconstruction Workshop

    Posted on September 07, 2018
    BMIT will host a Workshop-Tutorial on Synchrotron-based Computed Tomography (sCT) Data Processing on October 29-30, 2018. After a general introduction to sCT data collection procedures and data structure, participants will get hands-on experience in data reconstruction using the open-source framework, ufo-kit. The scope of exercises includes most frequently encountered reconstruction steps which will ultimately be put together in a shell or python script to enable batch-processing of the data. Theoretical and practical sessions are designed to introduce both synchrotron- and laboratory-based CT users to command-based reconstruction software and to show how to efficiently process large quantities of data. Dr. Tomas Farago (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) who is one of principal co-developers of the ufo-kit software will be joining us as an invited speaker.

  • Imaging the inner ear Image

    Research Highlight: Imaging the inner ear

    Posted on August 20, 2018
    Imaging the inner ear promises to be new gold standard for hearing researchers Sensorineural hearing loss, which is caused by damage to sensory cells and nerve fibers in the cochlea, is incredibly prevalent, verging on what Iyer terms an epidemic. About 466 million people, including 34 million children, around the world suffer from it, and there is no cure. At the CLS, Iyer and her colleagues are showing that synchrotron light produces the kind of high-quality images needed to distinguish between healthy and damaged sensory cells and nerve fibers without having to remove the cochlea from the temporal bone. Their results were published in the August edition of the journal Biomedical Optics Express.

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    News: CLS extends shutdown

    Posted on July 30, 2018
    CLS extends shutdown to repair electron gun  The Canadian Light Source is extending an unexpected shutdown to repair a critical piece of equipment. In order to complete the repairs, the CLS is cancelling user shifts until Nov. 16. Additionally, the CLS will not be issuing a call for proposals for new projects to be scheduledbetween Jan. and June 2019.

  • Engineering 3D bio-printed scaffolds Image

    Research Highlight: Engineering 3D bio-printed scaffolds

    Posted on July 26, 2018
    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.

  • BMIT eNews | July 06-th, 2018 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | July 06-th, 2018

    Posted on July 06, 2018
    Welcome Arash Panahifar, BMIT Associate Scientist Cycle 29: Call for proposals opens August 1 Cycle 28: Results of the Call Around the beamlines BMIT User Data Back-up on WestGrid Experiment Support at BMIT

  • K-edge Subtraction Imaging of Barium and Strontium in Bone Image

    Research Highlight: K-edge Subtraction Imaging of Barium and Strontium in Bone

    Posted on June 07, 2018
    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. 

  • BMIT eNews | March 23-rd, 2018 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | March 23-rd, 2018

    Posted on March 23, 2018
    Cycle 28 - Results of the Call Cycle 27 Updates  BMIT User Data Back-up on WestGrid New Equipment at BMIT

  • Bubbles in Noodle Dough Image

    Research Highlight: Bubbles in Noodle Dough

    Posted on February 07, 2018
    A first look at how miniscule bubbles affect the texture of noodles The texture of a noodle is a remarkably complicated thing. When you bite into a spoonful of ramen noodles, you expect a bit of springiness (or a resistance to your bite) on the outside and a pleasantly soft give on the interior. These variations are so tiny as to be often overlooked, but they matter to noodle quality. A cross-disciplinary U of M team came together to examine these phenomena, harnessing the Canadian Light Source’s ability to quickly acquire detailed 3D images of solid and soft materials at the micron scale. Scanlon and Koksel provided expertise in how food processing affects the properties of various foods, as well as experience using the CLS facility. Physics professor John Page and post-doctoral fellow Reine-Marie Guillermic lent their expertise in ultrasonics, an acoustic technique used to evaluate dough properties, and their expertise in modelling the influence of bubbles on the ultrasonic signals. The team members took their dough to the BMIT beamline at the CLS, where they knew they would be able to get fast images with enough details to identify the bubbles as they evolved in the dough.

  • Imaging the Middle Ear Image

    Research Highlight: Imaging the Middle Ear

    Posted on January 02, 2018
    Bright light allows researchers to see bone as well as tissue Getting good images of the middle ear and all its parts is tricky. But it’s needed for scientists who want to do things like repair damage or make devices to help aging middle ears function better.  According to the Canadian Health Measures Survey, about 20 per cent of adults aged 19 to 79 years have at least mild hearing loss in at one or both ears, while close to 47 per cent of adults aged 60 to 79 years have some level of hearing loss. Damage to the middle ear is a common contributor to hearing loss. “The CLS let us successfully image both the bone and soft tissue,” he said. Now, work can start on designing and building better implants and prostheses to help with hearing problems related to the middle ear.

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    Research Highlight: Advancing CF Research

    Posted on October 05, 2017
    Cystic fibrosis scientists discover abnormal response to lung infections Juan Ianowski, associate professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Saskatchewan, and a team of 18 researchers have concluded that the genetic mutation that causes cystic fibrosis prevents normal secretion of airway surface liquid including mucus. Using a new imaging technique they developed at the Canadian Light Source, they determined that the production of airway surface liquid in response to bacteria is abnormal, and might lead to a cascade of infection and inflammation in lungs as the incurable disease progresses.

  • Regenerating Heart Muscle Image

    Research Highlight: Regenerating Heart Muscle

    Posted on September 13, 2017
    Scientist combines medicine and engineering to repair a damaged heart Regenerating heart muscle tissue using a 3D printer – once the stuff of Star Trek science fiction – now appears to be firmly in the realm of the possible. U of S researcher Mohammad Izadifar says he is combining medicine and engineering to develop ways to repair a damaged heart. “The problem is the heart cannot repair itself once it is damaged due to a heart attack.” he explained. Izadifar has conducted his research out of three places on campus – the College of Engineering, the CLS and the College of Medicine where he has been certified in doing open heart surgery on rats, having trained in all the ethical protocols related to these research animals. And thanks to the confirmation photo images he has from his collaboration with the CLS, Izadifar has already proven the 3D printed human cells, which he has dubbed the “heart patch,” can start to grow as intended in theory.

  • BMIT eNews | July 20-th, 2017 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | July 20-th, 2017

    Posted on July 20, 2017
    - Welcome Sergey Gasilov, BMIT Scientist! - Cycle 26 Results - Cycle 27 - Call For Proposals Opens July 26 - Micro-CT Option for Cycle 27 Proposals - BMIT User Data Back-up on WestGrid - Experiment Support at BMIT - Shedding Light on Cardiac Regenerative Medicine

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    Local Events: FRAME Training School

    Posted on December 20, 2016
    FRAME Training School FRAME runs regular training schools in experimental design and statistics. Previous courses have been highly successful. FRAME has already held schools in association with universities throughout the UK, Europe and Scandinavia.   The next School will be held in conjunction with the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Nottingham in Canada from 31 May – 2 June, 2017. It will precede the Canadian Council for Animal Care’s (CCAC) national workshop. http://www.frame.org.uk/training-schools/

  • Local Events: CCAC-2017

    Posted on December 20, 2016
    CCAC National Workshop 2017 The CCAC is delighted to announce that the next National Workshop will take place in Saskatoon on Saturday, June 3, 2017. This one-day workshop is designed to provide participants with practical tools and information as well as the opportunity to network with peers and create new connections.

  • BMIT eNews | August 31-st, 2016 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | August 31-st, 2016

    Posted on September 01, 2016
    - 2016 Summer BMIT Team - BMIT Staff Changes - Cycle 25 - Results - Seminar: Real-time Semiconductor Dosimetry in Radiation Therapy, Michael Lerch - Initial tests of the Wide Field of View Radiography and CT scanning on ID beamline. 

  • CLS Seminar Notice Image

    Local Events: CLS Seminar Notice

    Posted on August 23, 2016
    Real-time Semiconductor Dosimetry in Radiation Therapy SPEAKER: Michael Lerch, PhD, Associate Professor and Head of the School of Physics at UOW; Leader of the Radiation Detection and Instrumentation Theme within the CMRP. DATE: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 TIME: 11:15 a.m. PLACE:  CLS Rooms 2068A and 2068B

  • Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology Seminar Image

    Local Events: Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology Seminar

    Posted on August 09, 2016
    Selected topics in musculoskeletal research –osteoporosis and other skeletal disorders DATE: August 11, 2016 TIME: 11:00 am PLACE: A226 Health Sciences

  • BMIT eNews | July 31-st, 2016 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | July 31-st, 2016

    Posted on July 31, 2016
    - Call for cycle 25 opens. - BSO Update - POE-2 Door Issue. - BSO Update - SOE-1 lock-up pathway change. - CCAC assessment of BMIT  - BMIT user group growth. - BMIT Alternate Detector Holder System (ADHS).

  • BMIT eNews | June 30-th, 2016 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | June 30-th, 2016

    Posted on June 30, 2016
    - BMIT staff outreach - summary. - MSK Imaging Tenure Track Positions. - Monochromatic Microbeam Radiation Therapy (m-MRT).

  • BMIT eNews | May 31-st, 2016 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | May 31-st, 2016

    Posted on May 31, 2016
    - Cycle 25 planning. - BMIT Staff outreach. - Lab/hutches access requirements. - Creating a Better Tool to Predict Bone Strength in Humans.

  • BMIT eNews | April 30-th, 2016 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | April 30-th, 2016

    Posted on April 30, 2016
    - Cycle 24 results. - BMIT Staff outreach plan. - Injection delays. - Studying model suspensions using high resolution PBI CT.

  • Local Events: BIOE 990 Seminar

    Posted on April 18, 2016
    Date and Time: April 20, 2016 (Wenesday) Location: 1B79 Engineering Building

  • Local Events: Café Scientifique-Saskatoon

    Posted on April 18, 2016
    "Storifying Science: Jounalists need great stories. Scientists have great stories to tell. Easy, right? Well, sometimes..." This month Café Scientifique-Saskatoon (co-organized by Dr. Julia Boughner and Michael Robin) presents a panel discussion with science journalists Andrea Hill (Star Phoenix), Bob Simpson (CTV) and scientist/executive director Toddi Steelman (School of Environment & Sustainability, USask). Join us for an evening of discussion with journalists and researchers as we explore what it takes to bridge the gap between complex science for professional scientists and exciting, engaging science stories for you and me. We also hope that this event will help connect local researchers and journalists to facilitate sharing exciting new science with the world. Date and Time: April 19, 2016 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Location: Winston's Pub, downstairs.

  • 3rd Annual Saskatchewan Cancer Research Conference (SCRC) 2016 Image

    News: 3rd Annual Saskatchewan Cancer Research Conference (SCRC) 2016

    Posted on April 18, 2016
    Date: Wednesday, June 22nd 2016 Scientific conferences often act as a welcomed source of motivation for clinicians and scientists to come together and build a translational application that can be rapidly progressed to the clinics. Although there are large international cancer conferences such as the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conferences, they often fail to connect people that work within a local neighborhood. Towards this, the Saskatchewan Cancer Research Conference (SCRC) directly aims to bring all basic scientists and clinicians within the province of Saskatchewan to one place in a single event. We expect that this annual conference will serve as a valuable networking and learning event for students, physicians and scientists that are driven towards one goal - finding breakthrough therapeutics.

  • Studying model suspensions using high resolution synchrotron X-ray CT Image

    Research Highlight: Studying model suspensions using high resolution synchrotron X-ray CT

    Posted on April 14, 2016
    OIl and Water  Researchers from the University of Sheffield used synchrotron X-ray CT to examine the fate of a water droplet in a suspension of sucrose and oil. 

  • Non-destructive investigation of soft tissue preservation in amber Image

    Research Highlight: Non-destructive investigation of soft tissue preservation in amber

    Posted on March 31, 2016
    Preserved in Amber The plot of movies, soft tissue can be preserved in amber for many years. Palaeontologists from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum are investigating soft tissue preservation of insects trapped within amber. The team has examined beetles, ants and wasps that range from 17 to 98 million years old in age. 

  • BMIT eNews | March 31-st, 2016 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | March 31-st, 2016

    Posted on March 31, 2016
    - Invite BMIT staff to your lab. - Images of Research competition: call for submissions. - CLS Graduate Student Travel Award Program. - Non-destructive investigation of soft tissue preservation in amber using SR X-ray µCT.

  • BMIT eNews | February 29-th, 2016 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | February 29-th, 2016

    Posted on March 02, 2016
    - Call for proposals - Invite BMIT staff to your lab.  - New staff at BMIT - Xia Liu. - Improving Cochlear Implant Surgery.

  • Improving Cochlear Implant Surgery Image

    Research Highlight: Improving Cochlear Implant Surgery

    Posted on February 18, 2016
    For a better sounding world A collaboration between Western University and the CLS to construct a high definition atlas of intracochlear anatomy using in-line phase contrast micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) imaging. The atlas will be used as a guide to design safer electrodes, to guide surgical insertion, and to optimize hearing outcomes.

  • BMIT eNews | January 31-st, 2016 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | January 31-st, 2016

    Posted on February 05, 2016
    - Call for proposals - IEEE EMBS ISC 2016 - Invite BMIT staff to your lab. - Study of Lanthanum Compounds for the Treatment of Bone Density Disorders.      

  • Cycle 24 call for proposals Image

    Call for Proposals: Cycle 24 call for proposals

    Posted on January 04, 2016
    Now open. Closes February 24, 2016

  • BMIT eNews | December 22-nd, 2015 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | December 22-nd, 2015

    Posted on January 04, 2016
    - 2015 in (technical) review / 2016 outlook - SYNC 801    

  • BMIT eNews | November 30-th, 2015 Image

    BMIT eNews: BMIT eNews | November 30-th, 2015

    Posted on December 02, 2015
    - BSO Reminder - MASR Conference - Beamline review - Shutdown Activities Updates on Energy Dispersive Biomedical Imaging System.

  • Energy Dispersive Biomedical Imaging System Image

    Research Highlight: Energy Dispersive Biomedical Imaging System

    Posted on November 30, 2015
    One beam with two K-edges! Development has been done a multi-enegy X-ray imaging system using a novel bent Laue crstal system. The focused beam hits the sample and then spreads out before reaching the detector. This results in an image where the horizontal relates to energy.

  • 8-th Medical Applications of Synchrotron Radiation (MASR) conference, 5-8 October 2015 Image

    News: 8-th Medical Applications of Synchrotron Radiation (MASR) conference, 5-8 October 2015

    Posted on October 08, 2015
      Location: Grenoble & Villard de Lans, France Date: 5-9 October 2015 - hosted by ESRF.   Held every 3 years, MASR is the premier event of the international community using synchrotron radiation X-rays to perform biomedical and clinical research. We look forward to welcoming you at the ESRF and in Villard de Lans!   For any information, please contact us at masr2015@esrf.fr

  • September 30-th, 2015 Image

    BMIT eNews: September 30-th, 2015

    Posted on September 30, 2015
      - BSO Reminder - Figure 1 app - Imaging Bone Turnover using Spectral K-edge Subtraction Technique.

  • Growth and hunting behaviour of hatchling Tyrannosaurus rex Image

    Research Highlight: Growth and hunting behaviour of hatchling Tyrannosaurus rex

    Posted on September 08, 2015
    Life of a baby dinosaur revealed Imaging of bones from young T.rex reveals insights into the lives of a hatchling (less than one year old) and a 3-4 year old T. rex the size of an adult human.  The hatching was growing as fast as a baby bird and both were hunting prey showing the vigorous activity of youth.

  • August 31-st, 2015 Image

    BMIT eNews: August 31-st, 2015

    Posted on August 31, 2015
      - BMIT Beam Team Elections - Last Call - Cycle 23 call for proposals - closing tomorrow - Growth and hunting behaviour of hatchling Tyrannosaurus rex  

  • July 31-st, 2015 Image

    BMIT eNews: July 31-st, 2015

    Posted on August 04, 2015
      - BMIT Beam Team Elections - Cycle 23 call for proposals is open - BMIT User Data Back-up on WestGrid - Merlin for Medipix3 detector - Cortical Bone Remodeling of the Rat Forelimb

  • Cycle 23 call for proposals Image

    Call for Proposals: Cycle 23 call for proposals

    Posted on July 29, 2015
    Opens July 29, 2015

  • In-line Phase-Contrast Microcomputed Tomography Image

    Research Highlight: In-line Phase-Contrast Microcomputed Tomography

    Posted on July 29, 2015
    New Application for In vivo Imaging of Cortical Bone Remodeling of the Rat Forelimb In-line phase contrast was used to image cortical bone. Reducing the dose permits longitudinal imaging of live animals which provides direct and novel in vivo evidence of BMU behavior in 3D. Further development of such methodology promises to advance our understanding of fundamental bone biology which will enhance the efficacy of drug and physiological therapies for degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis.

  • 2015 CLSI Open House Image

    News: 2015 CLSI Open House

    Posted on July 22, 2015
    A big thank you to all the visitors we received at BMIT for the celebration of the CLS' ten-year anniversary! About 90 people were able to visit the BMIT facility, of the 1000+ who visited the CLS for the open house. The event was a very positive experience, and an excellent opportunity to show the public our facility and exhibit the exciting research done here. Thank you all for the support which made this event possible. Pictures from the event can be found here.

  • 2015 Canadian Synchrotron Summer School (CS³)  Image

    News: 2015 Canadian Synchrotron Summer School (CS³)

    Posted on July 20, 2015
    Application of synchrotron tools for: Plant & Agricultural Science and Art, Art History, & Cultural Heritage The 2015 summer school aims to educate researchers about the capabilities of the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron. We invite scientists who have little or no previous experience with synchrotron-based techniques to apply for the school. Participation is limited to 10 participants in each theme to ensure everyone is able to participate in hands-on sessions.

  • Visualizing degradation of 3D-printed tissue-engineered constructs Image

    Research Highlight: Visualizing degradation of 3D-printed tissue-engineered constructs

    Posted on June 30, 2015
    Using 3D printing to help grow new cartilage We employ 3d-printed hybrid biomaterials made of polycaprolactone (PCL) for structural support and cell-impregnated alginate hydrogels for biological functionality. Imaging is done using in-line phase contrast imaging computed tomography (in-line PCI-CT).

  • June 30-th, 2015 Image

    BMIT eNews: June 30-th, 2015

    Posted on June 30, 2015
      - User survey - Website - CLS summer school - Open house - Schedule - 3D-printed bio-materials with in-line PCI-CT

  • May 31-st, 2015 Image

    BMIT eNews: May 31-st, 2015

    Posted on May 31, 2015
      - Flat panel detectors - ICTMS in Canada - POE-2 user program - Plants with PCI

  • Phase Contrast Imaging (PCI) enabling agricultural innovation Image

    Research Highlight: Phase Contrast Imaging (PCI) enabling agricultural innovation

    Posted on May 29, 2015
    An X-ray for plants!  The team has developed a novel method of utilizing phase contrast imaging to identify plant structures. This is useful for studying the progression of disease, transport of minerals and water, and developmental biology.

  • April 30-th, 2015 Image

    BMIT eNews: April 30-th, 2015

    Posted on April 30, 2015
      - Big data - Experiment support at BMIT - Preservation of amber inclusions  

  • Investigating preservation of amber inclusions with x-ray µCT and soft x-rays Image

    Research Highlight: Investigating preservation of amber inclusions with x-ray µCT and soft x-rays

    Posted on April 17, 2015
    Frozen in time The team is investigating inclusions within amber deposits that are 17 to 100 million years old. The goal is to assess how preservation varies between deposits of different age and source tree. 

  • March 31-st, 2015  Image

    BMIT eNews: March 31-st, 2015

    Posted on March 31, 2015
      - BSO update - MASR - 10 yr. Anniversary - X-ray energies app. - Cartilage engineering in situ

  • Phase-Based X-Ray Imaging Techniques for Cartilage Tissue Engineering Assessments in Situ Image

    Research Highlight: Phase-Based X-Ray Imaging Techniques for Cartilage Tissue Engineering Assessments in Situ

    Posted on March 31, 2015
    Repairing nerves and cartilage The tissue engineering team at the University of Saskatchewan is working on artificial tissue which will allow for the repair of cartilage and nerve tissue. 

  • Students on the Beamlines program continues to inspire Image

    News: Students on the Beamlines program continues to inspire

    Posted on March 18, 2015
    Government of Canada announces three-year funding Students on the Beamlines is an authentic and immersive science research experience for high school students. It is unique in that the students are the scientists in charge of their research, and they get to use Canada’s only synchrotron. Mentors help students develop research that is not demonstration, but that may produce novel information that is of interest to the scientific community.

  • January 31-st, 2015 Image

    BMIT eNews: January 31-st, 2015

    Posted on January 31, 2015
      - Call for proposals open - 05B1-1 4 yr. Summary - Compute Canada Globus - Bone cells

  • Healthy Bees Image

    Research Highlight: Healthy Bees

    Posted on January 31, 2015
    How fungus changes bees High school students from Quebec visited BMIT to image honey bees- comparing healthy bees to those infected by a fungus which targets Canadian honey bees. 

  • December 31-st, 2014 Image

    BMIT eNews: December 31-st, 2014

    Posted on December 31, 2014
          - 2014 summary - Dosimetry non-compliance - New emergency buttons - Piglet scan

  • November 31-st, 2014 Image

    BMIT eNews: November 31-st, 2014

    Posted on November 30, 2014
      - Proposals results - BMIT collaborative projects opening - Oil recovery

  • October 31-st, 2014 Image

    BMIT eNews: October 31-st, 2014

    Posted on October 31, 2014
      - Fall shutdown review - Lab regulations - Dental fillings ex vivo with CT

  • September 30-th, 2014  Image

    BMIT eNews: September 30-th, 2014

    Posted on September 30, 2014
      - Working to fix cycle 21 call for proposals - Safety message - High power beamline commissioning

  • August 31-st, 2014  Image

    BMIT eNews: August 31-st, 2014

    Posted on August 31, 2014
      - Synchrotron graduate courses - UAC election results - Cystic fibrosis with PCI

  • New synchrotron imaging technique reveals how cystic fibrosis makes lungs vulnerable to infection Image

    News: New synchrotron imaging technique reveals how cystic fibrosis makes lungs vulnerable to infection

    Posted on August 18, 2014
    Previously unknown component of our innate immune defense discovered University of Saskatchewan researchers working at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron have developed a new imaging technique that reveals a hitherto unknown component of the immune system in the lungs, one that promises insights that could benefit cystic fibrosis patients. Their findings are published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

  • July 31-st, 2014  Image

    BMIT eNews: July 31-st, 2014

    Posted on July 31, 2014
      - Proposals walk-through - Summer school & software roundup - Mouse lung vasculature

  • An ancient killing reveals genetic anomaly Image

    News: An ancient killing reveals genetic anomaly

    Posted on July 02, 2014
    BMIT on Radio Canada International! The jaw of a Siberian man who was killed about 4,000 years ago, has revealed some interesting facts. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan using the Biomedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beamline at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron were able to study the jaw of the man to find out the details.

  • June 30-th, 2014  Image

    BMIT eNews: June 30-th, 2014

    Posted on June 30, 2014
      - ESRF highlights - Call for proposals change - Osteoarthritis with PCI-CT

  • Wrong Place at the Right Time Image

    News: Wrong Place at the Right Time

    Posted on June 18, 2014
    Siberian Bronze Age skull reveals secrets of ancient society Unlike most hunter-gatherer societies of the Bronze Age, the people of the Baikal region of modern Siberia (Russia) respected their dead with formal graves. These burial sites are a treasure trove for archeologists and one particular specimen was so unique that bioarchaeologist Angela Lieverse traveled across the world just to bring it back to the Canadian Light Source synchrotron for examination.   Google Maps. Lake Baikal. Web. 30 July 2015.

  • May 31-st, 2014  Image

    BMIT eNews: May 31-st, 2014

    Posted on May 31, 2014
      - User support award for George (#2!) - Change room access cards - Lung air-blood transfer

  • Assessing the Gas Transfer between Air and Blood Using Multi-Energy High Resolution Imaging Image

    Research Highlight: Assessing the Gas Transfer between Air and Blood Using Multi-Energy High Resolution Imaging

    Posted on May 31, 2014
    How diseased lungs are different The Ford group likes to watch rats breathe, comparing the relationship between airways and blood vessels in rats with pulmonary diseases.

  • April 30-th, 2014  Image

    BMIT eNews: April 30-th, 2014

    Posted on April 30, 2014
      - 9 summer school spots left - THRUST proposal call open - Rhodnius prolixus with CT

  • How to prevent osteoporosis Image

    News: How to prevent osteoporosis

    Posted on April 30, 2014
    David Cooper, Canada Research Chair in synchrotron bone imaging His research at the CLS includes imaging human bones at a variety of scales, from across the human lifespan, noting how bones change with age and how the changes differ between genders.

  • Thermoregulation in the Blood-Feeding Insect Rhodnius Prolixus, the Vector of Chagas’ disease Image

    Research Highlight: Thermoregulation in the Blood-Feeding Insect Rhodnius Prolixus, the Vector of Chagas’ disease

    Posted on April 30, 2014
    Helping prevent the spread of disease Researchers from Saskatchewan and France are learning about how this insect pumps our hot blood through its cold body without dying. Understanding the mechanism with which the insect pumps our blood will help us combat its nefarious disease-spreading activities. 

  • March 31-st, 2014  Image

    BMIT eNews: March 31-st, 2014

    Posted on March 31, 2014
      - Commissioning opportunity - Radiation therapy training school - First 05ID-2 images

  • Say “cheese” Image

    News: Say “cheese”

    Posted on March 06, 2014
    New look at embryonic teeth could prevent problems later in life Dr. Julia Boughner is using a new 3D imaging technique which could help prevent teeth and jaw problems through early intervention by identifying incoming wisdom teeth, crowded teeth, and malocclusion - all before they have time to start. Boughner has also used this research to look at the evolutionary development of humans through the size and shape of the mouth. She points out that our early human ancestors had much bigger teeth and jaws than modern humans.

  • February 28-th, 2014  Image

    BMIT eNews: February 28-th, 2014

    Posted on February 28, 2014
      - Higher parking fees - BSO updates - Beam expander update

  • Beam Expander Update Image

    Research Highlight: Beam Expander Update

    Posted on February 28, 2014
    BMIT- bigger and better With much ingenuity, the available height of a BMIT image has been increased tenfold without ANY loss of flux or phase coherence. George almost died.

  • January 31-st, 2014 Image

    BMIT eNews: January 31-st, 2014

    Posted on January 31, 2014
      - Summer school - Dosimeter rack - 2013 summary - Fangtooth

  • Fangtooth- Deep Sea Fish Skeleton Image

    Research Highlight: Fangtooth- Deep Sea Fish Skeleton

    Posted on January 31, 2014
    Fangtooth helps in determination of oceanic pollutants A group of high school students from Montreal scanned our fanged friend to figure out whether it harbours significant levels of various pollutants, which would suggest that we humans have managed to spread our waste pretty much everywhere on earth.

  • December 20-th, 2013 Image

    BMIT eNews: December 20-th, 2013

    Posted on December 31, 2013
      - Summer student opportunities - The Cancer Imaging Archive - MRT at ESRF

  • November 30-th, 2013 Image

    BMIT eNews: November 30-th, 2013

    Posted on November 30, 2013
      - New silicon samurai - 05ID-2 commissioning update - Lungs of live mice with DEI

  • DEI Breath Hold Imaging Of Mouse Lungs Image

    Research Highlight: DEI Breath Hold Imaging Of Mouse Lungs

    Posted on November 30, 2013
    Helping animals breathe Software has been developed for imaging the lungs of live animals with synchrotron radiation. The software can be used to take pictures of the lungs at animals' maximum and minimum lung capacities, then to subtract the images from one another to see the difference. Seeing the difference between the maximum and minimum images while the animals are still alive allows researchers to better understand lung diseases and animals' responses to various treatments.

  • Grating Based Talbot Interferometer Imaging Image

    Research Highlight: Grating Based Talbot Interferometer Imaging

    Posted on October 31, 2013
    We’re working on it It should be ready for users by July 2014.

  • October 31-st, 2013 Image

    BMIT eNews: October 31-st, 2013

    Posted on October 31, 2013
      - SYRA3 - 18 to 100 plus keV in SOE-1 - Grating based Talbot interferometer imaging

  • September 30-th, 2013 Image

    BMIT eNews: September 30-th, 2013

    Posted on September 30, 2013
      - BSR award - 05ID-2 status - Beam expander

  • Beam Expander Image

    Research Highlight: Beam Expander

    Posted on September 30, 2013
    BMIT can image giants Using a double bent Laue beam expander, a mouse can now be imaged laterally in a single shot.

  • August 31-st, 2013  Image

    BMIT eNews: August 31-st, 2013

    Posted on August 31, 2013
        - SOE-1 radiation shielding up - New publications - Two K-edges with a single beam

  • One Beam With Two K-Edges! Image

    Research Highlight: One Beam With Two K-Edges!

    Posted on August 31, 2013
    BMIT innovation Usually, if you have squares and circles in a sample, you have no choice but to look at an image which includes both the squares and the circles (superimposed upon one another- making it difficult to see anything useful). With two K-edges, you can have two completely different images- one with only squares, and one with only circles.   

  • July 31-st, 2013  Image

    BMIT eNews: July 31-st, 2013

    Posted on July 31, 2013
            - In vivo imaging of cortical porosity by synchrotron phase contrast micro CT - Cycle 19 call for proposals - Soft tissue imaging of the temporomandibular joint using phase contrast and DEI

  • Soft Tissue Imaging Of the Temporomandibular Joint  Image

    Research Highlight: Soft Tissue Imaging Of the Temporomandibular Joint

    Posted on July 31, 2013
    Helping diagnose arthritis of the jaw  Using standard hospital equipment, arthritis of the jaw can’t be detected until it’s too late... BMIT can help.

  • June 30-th, 2013 Image

    BMIT eNews: June 30-th, 2013

    Posted on June 30, 2013
        - SRI summary - IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference - Remodeling in bone disease  

  • Synchrotron Imaging Of the Spatial Distribution of Barium in Bone to Understand the Role of Remodeling In Bone Disease  Image

    Research Highlight: Synchrotron Imaging Of the Spatial Distribution of Barium in Bone to Understand the Role of Remodeling In Bone Disease

    Posted on June 30, 2013
    Your body treats your bones the way a kid treats Lego Your bones are constantly being destroyed and replaced by your body. One research team is using BMIT to figure out exactly how that process of destructive creation is affected by diseases like osteoporosis.

  • Rapid Bubble Dynamics in Soft Solids  Image

    Research Highlight: Rapid Bubble Dynamics in Soft Solids

    Posted on May 31, 2013
    The quest for the perfect loaf of bread Imaging techniques at BMIT are helping refine the standard industrial bread-baking quality assurance ultrasound technologies which are currently in use.

  • May 31-st, 2013  Image

    BMIT eNews: May 31-st, 2013

    Posted on May 31, 2013
      - SRI invitation - Lead safety - Rapid bubble dynamics in dough

  • Novel Method of Dual-Energy X-Ray Analysis Image

    Research Highlight: Novel Method of Dual-Energy X-Ray Analysis

    Posted on April 30, 2013
    Innovation at BMIT Dr. Midgley has been investigating DEXA for use in the characterisation of materials, with applications in analytical x-ray science- including medical imaging, radiotherapy treatment planning, and industrial nondestructive testing. 

  • April 30-th, 2013 Image

    BMIT eNews: April 30-th, 2013

    Posted on April 30, 2013
      - Cycles 17 & 18 - 05B1-1 control room has moved - Dual-Energy X-ray Analysis (DEXA)

  • Canine and Human Prostate Synchrotron Imaging  Image

    Research Highlight: Canine and Human Prostate Synchrotron Imaging

    Posted on March 31, 2013
    Prostate cancer kills- but it doesn’t have to Caught early, prostate cancer is highly curable. The problem is catching it early. Using BMIT, a University of Saskatchewan research team is studying prostate cancer in dogs in an effort to apply what they learn to increasing the ability of currently available hospital technology to diagnose prostate cancer at an earlier stage.

  • March 31-st, 2013  Image

    BMIT eNews: March 31-st, 2013

    Posted on March 31, 2013
      - Limitations due to SR current - New access cards - Canine & human prostate imaging with CT

  • Exploring Paleopathology from the Inside Out: A Synchrotron Investigation of Dental Pathology and Trauma Image

    Research Highlight: Exploring Paleopathology from the Inside Out: A Synchrotron Investigation of Dental Pathology and Trauma

    Posted on February 28, 2013
    Point taken: An unusual case of incisor agenesis and mandibular trauma in Early Bronze Age Siberia Synchrotron imaging was used to diagnose two unusual but unrelated conditions. The first is one of the earliest cases involving dental agenesis, the failure of two front teeth to develop. The second, the embedded projectile tip, represents an almost certain deliberate assault that occurred at or around the time of death.

  • February 28-th, 2013  Image

    BMIT eNews: February 28-th, 2013

    Posted on February 28, 2013
            - Synchrotron song - BMIT Future Directions Forum Summary - Dental paleopathology with CT

  • January 31-st, 2013  Image

    BMIT eNews: January 31-st, 2013

    Posted on January 31, 2013
      - Address change - Breast cancer research grant - Mucus secretion - 2011/2012 summary

  • Federal Minister of State for Science and Technology Tours the CLS Image

    News: Federal Minister of State for Science and Technology Tours the CLS

    Posted on January 23, 2013
    Minister Goodyear in SOE-1 Minister Goodyear speaks with Josef Hormes, Executive Director of the Canadian Light Source, during a tour of the CLS on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

  • Beamlines of the Biomedical Imaging and Therapy Facility at the Canadian Light Source Image

    Beamline Update: Beamlines of the Biomedical Imaging and Therapy Facility at the Canadian Light Source

    Posted on January 01, 2013
    05ID-2 overview We describe here the insertion device (ID) beamline 05ID-2 with the beam terminated in SOE-1 experimental hutch. This endstation is designed for imaging and therapy research primarily in animals from mice to humans to horses, as well as tissue specimens including plants.

  • December 20, 2012  Image

    BMIT eNews: December 20, 2012

    Posted on December 31, 2012
      - Please welcome Ning - BMIT planning - Grating-based phase contrast

  • Phase Grating Talbot Interferometry Imaging of Nephila Clavata (Tetragnathidae) Image

    Research Highlight: Phase Grating Talbot Interferometry Imaging of Nephila Clavata (Tetragnathidae)

    Posted on December 31, 2012
    Spider Queen While imaging at SPRING-8, staff from BMIT were inspired to develop grating based Talbot interferometry.

  • November 30, 2012 Image

    BMIT eNews: November 30, 2012

    Posted on November 30, 2012
      - Physics-based Simulation of Human Anatomy - First 05ID-2 image - Precision bending for crystal monochromators

  • Precision Bending of Silicon Wafers for Bent Crystal Monochromators Image

    Research Highlight: Precision Bending of Silicon Wafers for Bent Crystal Monochromators

    Posted on November 30, 2012
    High quality mono beam for less Improving bent crystal monochromators and studying the utility of silicon wafers as bent crystal optic components.

  • October 31, 2012  Image

    BMIT eNews: October 31, 2012

    Posted on October 31, 2012
      - BMIT Future Directions Forum - Agarose at SPRING-8 after MASR - Pig bones with CT-DEI, CT-PCI, & planar DEI

  • Tissue Engineering Research Group Image

    Research Highlight: Tissue Engineering Research Group

    Posted on October 31, 2012
    Replacement body parts for all BMIT allows non-invasive monitoring of how well implanted tissue performs, and exactly where the implants are and/or are not healing.

  • September 30, 2012  Image

    BMIT eNews: September 30, 2012

    Posted on September 30, 2012
      - Last chance for MASR - SOE-1 commissioning update - Lungs with DEI-MIR & DEI-CT

  • “Lighting” Up the Lungs Image

    Research Highlight: “Lighting” Up the Lungs

    Posted on September 30, 2012
    Development of lung imaging The goal of this work is to develop synchrotron based imaging protocols suitable for live animal imaging and for functional evaluation and measurement of gross changes in the lungs.

  • August 31, 2012  Image

    BMIT eNews: August 31, 2012

    Posted on August 31, 2012
      - The silicon samurai - Publishing and Reporting of Results - X-ray coherent scatter imaging

  • X-Ray Coherent Scatter Imaging Image

    Research Highlight: X-Ray Coherent Scatter Imaging

    Posted on August 31, 2012
    Extracting information from "random" scatter X-ray scatter imaging uses the scattered radiation to augment conventional X-ray imaging. 

  • July 31, 2012 Image

    BMIT eNews: July 31, 2012

    Posted on July 31, 2012
      - 05B1-1 call for proposals - ESRF - Effects of microbeam radiation therapy on DNA

  • Cellular Response to Microbeam Radiation Therapy (MRT) Image

    Research Highlight: Cellular Response to Microbeam Radiation Therapy (MRT)

    Posted on July 31, 2012
    A precise radiation beam for cancer elimination A scientist from the University of Alberta is developing a method for using BMIT’s beam to kill cancerous tissue without harming the surrounding healthy tissue.

  • June 30, 2012  Image

    BMIT eNews: June 30, 2012

    Posted on June 30, 2012
      - What x-rays see - Cycles 15, 16, &17 - Bone strength with micro CT

  • Non-Invasive Estimation of Bone Strength Image

    Research Highlight: Non-Invasive Estimation of Bone Strength

    Posted on June 30, 2012
    Do the pores in your bones bode ill for your future? Dr. Boyd and his team may be able to tell you.

  • May 31, 2012  Image

    BMIT eNews: May 31, 2012

    Posted on May 31, 2012
      - Executive Update from Dean - Please welcome Rob - Human ovaries with phase contrast CT & DEI

  • Synchrotron Imaging Of Human Ovaries ex Situ Image

    Research Highlight: Synchrotron Imaging Of Human Ovaries ex Situ

    Posted on May 31, 2012
    The business of helping life come into this world is both messy and beautiful Improving soft tissue imaging, understanding ovarian cancer, and figuring the mechanisms through which infertility may occur.

  • April 30, 2012  Image

    BMIT eNews: April 30, 2012

    Posted on April 30, 2012
      - Cycles 15 & 16 - SRI & MASR - Mucus secretion with PCI & DEI

  • The Role of Staphylococcus Aureus on Mucus Secretion Image

    Research Highlight: The Role of Staphylococcus Aureus on Mucus Secretion

    Posted on April 30, 2012
    How cystic fibrosis affects the mucus protecting us from pulmonary infection. Response of the airway submucosal gland to inhaled bacteria with and without cystic fibrosis.

  • Illuminating bones Image

    News: Illuminating bones

    Posted on April 17, 2012
    Inspiring research David Cooper wants to know more about your bones. Specifically, the assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Saskatchewan is trying to answer a chicken-and-egg question about osteoporosis: do changes in the density of cells within bones cause the disease, or does the disease cause the changes in cell density?

  • March 31, 2012 Image

    BMIT eNews: March 31, 2012

    Posted on March 31, 2012
          - Human evolution from teeth - Incident reporting - Synchrotrons in health research class

  • SYNC 801 Image

    Research Highlight: SYNC 801

    Posted on March 31, 2012
    A class about the application of synchrotron radiation to problems in the life sciences Covering the history of synchrotron light, interactions of light with matter, macromolecular crystallography, biomedical imaging, x-ray absorption imaging, and x-ray flurorescence imaging.

  • In-situ 3D Investigation of Metallic Materials’ Failure Mechanisms Image

    Research Highlight: In-situ 3D Investigation of Metallic Materials’ Failure Mechanisms

    Posted on February 29, 2012
    Measuring failure The bright x-rays of BMIT have allowed the Szpunar group to observe the failure of various materials at the micron level.

  • Synchrotron used for prostate research Image

    News: Synchrotron used for prostate research

    Posted on February 02, 2012
    BMIT on CBC News Saskatchewan! Saskatoon's light source synchrotron is being enlisted in the battle against prostate cancer.

  • BMIT Research Symposium Image

    News: BMIT Research Symposium

    Posted on February 01, 2012
    Featuring:• Recent research results and progress reports from theBioMedical Imaging and Therapy beamlines at theCanadian Light Source•Tour of the BMIT facility•Opportunities to discuss future life science research usingBMIT and other beamlines at the CLS

  • January 31, 2012 Image

    BMIT eNews: January 31, 2012

    Posted on January 31, 2012
              - 05B1-1 call for proposals - MRT Dosimetry and Planning Interest Group - Strontium in bones with micro CT & KES

  • 3D Mapping Of Strontium in Bone Image

    Research Highlight: 3D Mapping Of Strontium in Bone

    Posted on January 31, 2012
    Strontium bone-strength supplements? We don't know exactly how useful strontium supplements are, but researchers are in the process of figuring it out. They feed rats strontium, and then watch how concentrations of the element in the rats' bones change over the rats' lives using micro Computed Tomography (uCT) and K-Edge Subtraction (KES) techniques.

  • Human Factors Design for the BMIT Biomedical Beamlines Image

    Research Highlight: Human Factors Design for the BMIT Biomedical Beamlines

    Posted on January 01, 2012
    BMIT designed for ease of use At the BMIT beamlines, human factors considerations have been incorporated wherever possible, including in the design of software and hardware, as well as ease-of-use features of beamline control stations and experiment hutches. BMIT gears operation of the beamline to our unique user community of medical personnel, in addition to basic science researchers. User feedback continues to drive usability improvements to beamline operation.

  • Sychrotron gives U of R prof deeper look inside bones Image

    News: Sychrotron gives U of R prof deeper look inside bones

    Posted on December 28, 2011
    BMIT on CTV News Regina! Some of the fossils he'll be looking at are from "Scotty," a Tyrannosaurus rex found in Saskatchewan in 1991.

  • December 19, 2011 Image

    BMIT eNews: December 19, 2011

    Posted on December 19, 2011
      - Cobalt-60 - Recognition of user excellence - Happy holidays (blast from the past)

  • November 30, 2011 Image

    BMIT eNews: November 30, 2011

    Posted on November 30, 2011
            - Cycles 14, 15, & 16 - Summer student opportunities - Better detectors for breast tissue biopsy samples  

  • High Resolution a-Selenium (a-Se) X-Ray Detectors for Digital Mammography Image

    Research Highlight: High Resolution a-Selenium (a-Se) X-Ray Detectors for Digital Mammography

    Posted on November 30, 2011
    Towards higher resolution mammography A prototype detector was tested in the development of high resolution detectors for digital mammography.

  • Radiation Detectors for Micro-Beam Radiation Therapy Image

    Research Highlight: Radiation Detectors for Micro-Beam Radiation Therapy

    Posted on October 31, 2011
    Precision dose measurements for radiation therapy The measurement of spatially resolved high doses in micro-beam radiation therapy is a challenging task requiring the combination of high dose response and high spatial resolution.

  • October 31, 2011 Image

    BMIT eNews: October 31, 2011

    Posted on October 31, 2011
      - First live dog - Water leak - Microbeam Radiation Therapy

  • Insect Flight Muscle Phase Polymorphism Image

    Research Highlight: Insect Flight Muscle Phase Polymorphism

    Posted on September 30, 2011
    Why are some locusts so lonesome? A research group at the University of Saskatchewan is using BMIT to develop an understanding of how the exoskeletons of two different groups within the same species of locust constrain the development of their flight muscles.  

  • September 30, 2011 Image

    BMIT eNews: September 30, 2011

    Posted on September 30, 2011
      - Where it all began - New MSDS database - Locust with CT

  • DEI Imaging of Growing and Inflamed Joints Image

    Research Highlight: DEI Imaging of Growing and Inflamed Joints

    Posted on August 31, 2011
    Fighting early-onset arthritis The Rosenberg group is breaking new ground in the study of joint disease.

  • August 31, 2011 Image

    BMIT eNews: August 31, 2011

    Posted on August 31, 2011
      - George receives user support award - Live animal imaging guide - Arthritis with DEI CT

  • Investigating Clinical Applications of Synchrotron Imaging In Veterinary Medicine Image

    Research Highlight: Investigating Clinical Applications of Synchrotron Imaging In Veterinary Medicine

    Posted on July 31, 2011
    Longitudinal survival studies with large animals The Sharma group is using BMIT for comparative analysis, surgical planning, live animal imaging, and building 3D teaching models.

  • July 31, 2011  Image

    BMIT eNews: July 31, 2011

    Posted on July 31, 2011
      - New POE-2 user chicane - Collaborative live animal imaging development - Accuracy studies with BMIT CT, DEI, K-edge, & PCI standards

  • Microfluidic and Nanofluidic Transport Phenomena Image

    Research Highlight: Microfluidic and Nanofluidic Transport Phenomena

    Posted on June 30, 2011
    Understanding fluid flow at the micro- and nano-scale Measuring the behaviour of liquid water in a fuel cell provides new insights into the function of fuel cells and may lead to improvements in materials and design for low temperature fuel cells.

  • June 30, 2011  Image

    BMIT eNews: June 30, 2011

    Posted on June 30, 2011
      - SAC highlights - Cycle 13 summary - PEM fuel cells with absorption imaging

  • Measuring the Biomechanics of Normal and Pathological Joints Image

    Research Highlight: Measuring the Biomechanics of Normal and Pathological Joints

    Posted on May 31, 2011
    High resolution imaging of joints Dr. Wilson's group is helping improve diagnoses of joint problems by conducting stress analyses in the BMIT beam.

  • May 31, 2011 Image

    BMIT eNews: May 31, 2011

    Posted on May 31, 2011
      - Please welcome Adam - Cycle 14 Scientific Review Results - Joint strain with CT

  • Imaging Embryonic Tooth Development in Mouse Image

    Research Highlight: Imaging Embryonic Tooth Development in Mouse

    Posted on April 30, 2011
    The teeth of mice and men Studying how teeth and jaws develop in a coordinated way over time.

  • April 30, 2011 Image

    BMIT eNews: April 30, 2011

    Posted on April 30, 2011
      - Call for Beam Team nominations - Experimental data naming policy - Embryonic teeth with PCI

  • High Resolution 3D Imaging of Cortical Bone Image

    Research Highlight: High Resolution 3D Imaging of Cortical Bone

    Posted on March 31, 2011
    The dynamic microstructure of cortical bone Growth and development, functional adaptation, and deterioration with age and disease.

  • March 31, 2011 Image

    BMIT eNews: March 31, 2011

    Posted on March 31, 2011
      - Call for proposals - 05B1-1 status - Vascular & cellular porosity of bone with micro CT

  • February 28, 2011 Image

    BMIT eNews: February 28, 2011

    Posted on February 28, 2011
      - Training updates - BMIT trivia - First fresh human breast tissue with DEI

  • Advancing Nuclear Medicine – New U of S Initiatives Image

    News: Advancing Nuclear Medicine – New U of S Initiatives

    Posted on January 01, 2011
    Saskatoon- a center of excellence for nuclear medicine  Building on its history of excellence in medical physics and accelerator technology, the University of Saskatchewan is well-positioned to lead the country in nuclear medicine, playing a lead role in biomedical imaging and nuclear research, development and training.

  • Medical Research for a Healthier Future Image

    News: Medical Research for a Healthier Future

    Posted on December 31, 2010
      Synchrotron Pushes the Limits of Medical Research A common theme among the research projects at BMIT is that they enable scientists to “see” what is going on in living systems at levels never before imagined. Greater accuracy, detail, sensitivity – all of these are pushing the boundaries of medical imaging. The resulting insights could be used to develop new diagnostic techniques and treatment protocols for some of today’s greatest health challenges.

  • Options for Computed Tomography X-ray Imaging on BMIT Image

    Research Highlight: Options for Computed Tomography X-ray Imaging on BMIT

    Posted on January 01, 2010
    Summary of BMIT's current CT capabilities An overview of recent CT X-ray imaging studies of human and animal specimens conducted on the BMIT bending magnet (05B1-1) beamline is presented. Imaging was done at 20 keV, using a double crystal monochromator with a (2,2,0) silicon crystal set with ΔE/E ~ 10-5.

  • City Hospital Foundation pledges support for beamline research Image

    News: City Hospital Foundation pledges support for beamline research

    Posted on October 08, 2009
    Thank you!  Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation announced today a gift of $500,000 to help establish two biomedical beamlines at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron. “Our gift represents our commitment to supporting collaborative efforts in clinical care, research and teaching,” said Foundation Chair, Don George. “The two beamline facilities will advance research in two areas of particular interest to the Foundation – breast health and multiple sclerosis.”

  • FIRST IMAGES FROM MEDICAL BEAMLINE AT CANADIAN LIGHT SOURCE Image

    News: FIRST IMAGES FROM MEDICAL BEAMLINE AT CANADIAN LIGHT SOURCE

    Posted on December 23, 2008
    A beautiful mouse A University of Saskatchewan (U of S)-led research team at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron has received an early Christmas present. After several years of research, construction and testing, the unique-in-North-America BioMedical Imaging and Therapy facility (BMIT) captured its first X-ray images.

  • 05ID-2: Superconductive Wiggler for BMIT Program Image

    Research Highlight: 05ID-2: Superconductive Wiggler for BMIT Program

    Posted on January 01, 2008
    Optimized vertical field direction wiggler A wide variety of imaging and therapy experiments planned for BMIT facility require a unique radiation source with high brilliance, critical energy and a wide beam fan. An optimized, vertical field direction wiggler was designed and fabricated to provide 4.3 Tesla with a period length of 48 mm, critical energy range > 20keV, K-value > 19, stored energy of 27 kJ, inductance of 0.2 H and a pole gap of 14.5 mm.

  • POE-2 Gas Bremsstrahlung Studies on 05ID-2 Beamline Image

    Research Highlight: POE-2 Gas Bremsstrahlung Studies on 05ID-2 Beamline

    Posted on January 01, 2007
    Getting rid of gas radiation The BioMedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) ID beamline will be capable ofhuman research for both imaging and therapy applications. In preparation forthose programs, a study was undertaken designed to minimize and characterizeradiation from other sources than synchrotron radiation; i.e. gas bremsstrahlung.Gas bremsstrahlung is generated by the interaction of circulating electrons withthe residual gas molecules in the ring vacuum chamber and is produced all aroundthe storage ring.

  • BMIT "MRT Lift" - A positioning system for biomedical imaging and therapy Image

    Research Highlight: BMIT "MRT Lift" - A positioning system for biomedical imaging and therapy

    Posted on January 01, 2007
    Bigger and better The MRT lift is capable of moving and lifting samples and patients larger than any previous synchrotron biomedical positioning system. 

  • Province of Saskatchewan provides over $6 million for synchrotron beamline Image

    News: Province of Saskatchewan provides over $6 million for synchrotron beamline

    Posted on March 20, 2006
    Thank you! The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) received more than $6.2 million today from the province’s Innovation and Science Fund for the Biomedical Imaging and Therapy beamline (BMIT) at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron. The funding matches federal funding provided by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

  • 05ID-2 circa 2006 Image

    News: 05ID-2 circa 2006

    Posted on January 01, 2006
    An early CAD model Showing the POE-2 control room, POE-3, & SOE-1.

  • Logo Contest Image

    News: Logo Contest

    Posted on November 21, 2005
    A fierce contest was held, and finalists were chosen from a battlefield littered with shattered hopes and dreams... You can see for yourself what the results were once all the votes came in. If the font of the winner looks familiar, it's because the font is from Blade Runner.

  • The Competition Image

    News: The Competition

    Posted on November 17, 2005
    One of the proto-competitors in the race to find a new logo Evidently, this one was influential.

  • BMIT logo, circa 2005 Image

    News: BMIT logo, circa 2005

    Posted on November 17, 2005
    THE original BMIT logo It was subsequently replaced by means of democratic process.

  • The Proposed BioMedical Imaging & Therapy Program Image

    Research Highlight: The Proposed BioMedical Imaging & Therapy Program

    Posted on January 01, 2005
    A healing light for research Designed for the purpose of imaging biological tissue and conducting radiation therapy using brilliant, monochromatic x-ray light.

  • Preliminary study and Mechanical support design of Analyzer for Diffraction Enhanced Imaging Image

    Research Highlight: Preliminary study and Mechanical support design of Analyzer for Diffraction Enhanced Imaging

    Posted on January 01, 2005
    Solving problems which plague DEI Problems with the angle of the analyzer may be solved by a stiffer mechanical design.

  • The BioMedical Imaging and Therapy Research Beamline at the Canadian Light Source Image

    News: The BioMedical Imaging and Therapy Research Beamline at the Canadian Light Source

    Posted on December 31, 2003
    BMIT in The Canadian Veterinary Journal! The energy of the photons spans the entire electromagnetic spectrum from far infrared to hard X-rays, and their brightness is approximately 106 brighter than the surface of the sun and 1010 brighter than conventional X-ray sources. The BioMedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beamline may be the most interesting for veterinary scientists, because it will be the only beamline at the Canadian Light Source designed to accommodate live animals.