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WCVM Imaging Centre WCVM Imaging Centre

Electron and light microscopy laboratory, open to all researchers on the University of Saskatchewan campus and beyond

About

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) Image Centre is located in a suite of rooms on the veterinary college’s second floor, with the main lab located in Room 2208.

We are a fee-for-service facility and provide electron and light microscopy services. The Image Centre has two dedicated technicians who maintain the scopes and work with researchers who are using this facility.

The centre's technicians can help you with the following: 

  • assist with your grant applications
  • discuss the capabilities of the available equipment
  • help you plan your sampling protocols to optimize your results
  • fix your samples
  • prepare your samples for the microscope
  • help show you how to use the scopes to do your own work or to do the work for you

Equipment

Electron microscopes

Light microscopes

Virtual microscope

IHC stainer

Image analysis workstation

  • AutoQuant for deconvolution and quantitative image analyses
  • Imaris for 3D rendering and quantitative image analyses
  • cellSens for deconvolution and quantitative image analyses
  • ImageJ/Fiji for various image analyses

Ultrasound imaging system

Sample preparation

  • Sputter Coater (Quorum Q150T ES)
  • Ultramicrotomes (Leica Ultracut UCT and Reichert Ultracut E)

Fees

Fee schedule for members of USask community

TEM or SEM time, scope only $40 per hour
TEM or SEM time, scope plus technician/training $65 per hour
Embedding for TEM $70 for first, $15 additional (up to total of 15)
Semi thin sectioning $15 per block (two slides)
Ultrathin sectioning $23 per block
Lifting sample from H and E slide $60 per slide
IEM run $60
Particle grid prep $12 per grid
Negative stain $15 per grid
SEM tissue processing including fixation, dehydration, critical point drying and mounting $70 for first, $15 additional
Sputter coating $30 per run
Virtual scanning $5 to $10 per slide
Confocal time, scope only $30 per hour
Confocal time, scope plus technician $55 per hour
Olympus TIRF time scope only $30 per hour
Olympus TIRF time scope plus technician $55 per hour

 

Fee schedule for external academic and not-for-profit organizations

TEM or SEM time, scope only $60 per hour
TEM or SEM time, scope plus technician/training $100 per hour
Embedding for TEM $100 for first, $20 additional (up to total of 15)
Semi thin sectioning $25 per block (two slides)
Ultrathin sectioning $35 per block
Lifting sample from H and E slide $80 per slide
IEM run $90
Particle grid prep $20 per grid
Negative stain $20 per grid
SEM tissue processing including fixation, dehydration, critical point drying and mounting $100 for first, $20 additional
Sputter coating $45 per run
Virtual scanning $15 to $20 per slide
Confocal time, scope only $40 per hour
Confocal time, scope plus technician $80 per hour
Olympus TIRF time scope only $40 per hour
Olympus TIRF time scope plus technician $80 per hour