3D imaging

Collaborative studies between the Natural History Museum and Imperial College London, are studying the potential of 3D imaging techniques in entomology.

Taking a closer look

Microtomography (Micro-CT scanning) uses X-rays to create a detailed 3D image of a specimen without destroying it.

Micro-CT scanning is currently underused in entomological studies, due to difficulties in obtaining sufficient contrast from specimens, and doubts as to its usefulness. The overall goals of this research are to:

  • Explore the potential of micro-CT scanning and other techniques for creating virtual morphology and anatomy of insects.
  • Explore the usefulness of micro-CT scanning in studies of a wide range of insect material including amber fossils and forensic entomology.