X-ray CT analysis for life science samples

X-ray CT (computed tomography) is a non-destructive 3D imaging technique. It provides fast, high-resolution imaging with little to none of the extensive sample preparation required by other imaging techniques, such as electron microscopy. It is a powerful technique to reveal internal structures of life science samples, such as animals, plants, and insects. Moreover, X-ray CT experiments can be performed in situ and in vivo for these types of samples. The recent development of various contrast-enhancing techniques has extended the capability of X-ray CT (Rawson et al., (2020) BMC Biology, 18:21).

XCT life science application cicada tymbal muscles and tomato plant root systemal mu

Application examples:

  • Insect and pest investigation
  • Seed and germination analysis
  • Root system investigations
  • Animal imaging
  • 4D examination of lung respiration

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