Micro-CT can be used to visualise the external and internal structure of biological, mineralogical and man-made objects. Follow the links below to see a selection of research project examples that highlight the versatility of this non-destructive technique.
Find out the secrets uncovered by a micro-CT scan of this ancient Egyptian cat mummy.
View a micro-CT scan reconstruction of a beetle that demonstrates how the technique can be used to ‘dissect’ specimens to show their internal structure.
This tiny bird weighs just 5-6 grams. View a micro-CT scan reconstruction of a specimen's skull.
This example demonstrates how the micro-CT technique can reveal details of fossils hidden within mineral concretions.
Micro CT-scanning can generate fascinating insights into the manufacture and decay of museum objects and help conservators to understand and prevent their deterioration. Find out what it tells us about this glass squid model, made over 100 years ago.
Owls posess one of the longest hearing organs of any bird. View a micro-CT scan reconstruction of a barn owl's skull, with the hearing organ revealed.
The micro-CT technique makes it possible to see an organism's internal organs. View the inner ear labyrinth of the northern alligator lizard and find out how this fits with the animal's observed behaviour.
Micro-CT can be used to reveal the different components of a meteorite, giving insights into the conditions of early solar system formation. Find out about the Allende meteorite that fell in Mexico in 1969.
Coral species of the genus Pocillopora provide an important contribution to reef structures. View a micro-CT scan reconstruction of one of these small corals.
Watch a Micro-CT scan reconstruction that demonstrates how the technique can be used to reveal the 3D distribution of different minerals within a rock sample.
Red green stereo-perspective images can be used to fully explore the 3D geometry of an object. View a stereo-perspective image of a fossil viviparous snail.
Micro-CT reconstructions enable scanned objects to be digitally dissected. View an example where this has been done for a caecilian, an amphibian.
The Museum retains copyright on all scans of our specimens. Their use is subject to the Museum’s copyright policy on images. All Museum specimen scans will be archived and can be obtained with permission from the collection curator. Stereolithography and 3D printing are not permitted without prior permission from the curator.