AIP Laboratory Tour: IMBL Beamline @ the Australian Synchrotron


Dear AIP Member,

The AIP Victorian Branch is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for you to visit the Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL) at the Australian Synchrotron!

Amongst the world’s synchrotron light source laboratories there are only a few examples of a dedicated beamline working in the field of medical radiography and radiotherapy research. The Imaging and Medical beam line (IMBL) at the Australian Synchrotron is just such a purpose built facility. The x-ray beams from the synchrotron provide bright, low bandwidth, coherent, and polarised radiation which IMBL uses to create a useful tool. IMBL was designed and built to investigate ways in which the qualities of synchrotron x-ray beams can be exploited for bio-medical research. The highly collimated nature of the beam allows spatial modulation with feature sizes down to the ~10 micron scale. High lateral and transverse coherence enables phase contrast planar imaging and computed tomography (CT) for both bio-medical and materials radiography. IMBL’s bright illumination can also be exploited for dynamic x-ray imaging over large areas and with frame times of a few milliseconds. IMBL has three radiation enclosures for experiments. Together these host a wide range of studies, from broad bandwidth fine structured beam radio-biology projects, to monochromatic (narrow bandwidth) computed tomography, large animal pre-clinical and eventually clinical human x-ray imaging. The latter will be enabled with a new Patient Positioning System (PPS) installed and commissioned in early 2017.

The evening will begin with presentations from IMBL Senior Scientist Dr Chris Hall (Australian Synchrotron) and ARC Future Fellow Dr Marcus Kitchen (Monash University). Following this, a tour of the IMBL beamline will commence which will cover the experimental hutches, beam transfer tunnel, and the newly installed robotic patient positioning system.

Tour Details

Where : Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton. Meet at the reception area of the National Centre for Synchrotron Science (NCSS)

When: Monday July 3rd, 6:30pm ~ 8:30pm. Guests are requested to arrive prior to 6:30pm for visitor sign-in.

Format: ~ 1 hour of presentations by IMBL scientists, followed by ~ 1 hour tour of the IMBL beamline. IMBL staff will be in attendance during the event.

Visit Schedule

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Arrival and sign-in
  • 6:30pm ~ 7:30pm: Presentations from IMBL scientists and users
  • Dr Chris Hall (IMBL Scientist, Australian Synchrotron) “Introduction to the IMBL at the Australian Synchrotron”
  • Dr Marcus Kitchen (ARC Future Fellow, Monash University)
  • “X-ray computed tomography with dose reduction factors in the thousands”
  • 7:30pm ~ 8:30pm : Tour of IMBL beamline

Registration: Registration is required as places are limited, and attendee names are required prior to the event in accordance with visitor regulations at the Australian Synchrotron. All registrants will be emailed an information pack closer to the date, containing important information about the visit.

Please note: For those who arrive on the night who have not registered, the AIP Victorian Branch cannot guarantee you will be able to attend the tour. We thank you for your understanding.

To register for the event please access the following Google Form link:



Anton Tadich

AIP Victorian Branch Chair

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