Rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes boas)

Micro-CT scan reconstruction of the rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes boas. Specimen courtesy of Alex Ball, Mineralogy Department, Natural History Museum.

The Metris micro-CT system can scan very small low-density objects such as insects. This is mainly because the source can produce X-rays as low as 40-50 kV.

This example demonstrates how micro-CT scan reconstructions can be 'sliced open' to reveal the internal structure of specimens.


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.