• All fees in $/hr unless otherwise noted.
  • User Fee – User fee for using an instrument with some assistance from staff.
  • Service Fee – Staff runs the sample on the various instruments and provides the results.
  • Training Fee – $50/hr per trainee per instrument.
Imaging Instruments Internal User Fee Internal Service Fee
VS120 Slide Scanner $15 $37
FV3000 $29 $50
Spinning Disk $29 $50
CellTIRF $29 $50
MPE-RS $30 $69
EVO SEM $23 $54
Imaris Software $10
Histology Instrument Internal User Fee Internal Service Fee
Tissue processor & Embedder $9/hr $4/block (min. $15)
Rotary microtome $4/hr $3/slide
Ultramicrotome $14/hr
Cryostat $5/hr $3/slide (min. $15)
H&E Staining $5/slide (min. 5 slides)
Carbon Coater $8/hr

Facility Rules

  • Users must make reservations before using the instruments.
  • Reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the starting time of the reservation. Otherwise, the users will be charged for the reserved time slot.
  • Users are responsible for charges of unused reservation hours because of being late or for no-shows.
  • Users must not be more than 30 minutes late to prevent other users using your reserved time slot at your expense.
  • If a user cannot use the reserved slot for emergency reasons, please bring it to the staff’s attention.
  • Microscope workspace, especially microscope objectives, should be kept clean. Oil MUST NOT be used on air objectives.
  • Fine will be imposed upon the user for violating the rules.
    • At first instance, the violator will be sent a warning message.
    • At second instance, the violator will have to pay $100.
    • At third instance, the violator will be barred from using the equipment for 1 month.


To reserve an instrument, please visit the Lab Resources Scheduler. Name of the faculty supervisor/sponsor and a valid cost center number is required to complete the reservation.

Training Request

Get a free consultation.

Go through basic tutorials on choosing the right microscope and email imagingcore@utdallas.edu for a free consultation to discuss about the best way to accomplish desired results.

Test the equipment.

Try an experiment to see if it’s worth taking training on recommended equipment.

Fill out a form.

Read through the rules and fill out a training requisition form.

Run a few trials.

Carry out first few runs under supervision of trainer till you get comfortable with using the equipment.

Get ongoing support.

Feel free to reach out to imagingcore@utdallas.edu if you face a challenge anytime, we are there to back you up.