Researchers, curators and business people use micro-CT scans to fulfill a wide variety of research, conservation and commerce objectives.


Micro-CT is a versatile technique that allows in-depth exploration of samples:

  • Slices from a scanned object can be stacked to produce a 3D reconstruction.

See a 3D reconstruction of a small coral

  • Reconstructions can be digitally dissected (segmented) as if in the hand...
    ...and sliced open to reveal the sometimes remarkable internal structure.

View an image of the digital dissection of a caecilian


Watch a rhinoceros beetle's internal structure be revealed

  • Red green stereo-perspective images can be used to fully explore the 3D geometry of an object. 

See a stereo-perspective image of a fossil viviparous snail

Micro-CT at the Natural History Museum

In March 2009 the Museum acquired a state-of-the-art Metris X-Tek HMX ST 225 system. Scanning time can be requested for academic or commercial purposes.

CT contact details

Dr Farah Ahmed

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5157


Still image taken from a micro-CT scan of an ammonite fossil
Micro-CT software workshops

The Museum offers training in commonly used micro-CT software packages. Find out about the regular workshops and how to book a place.

Still image taken from a micro-CT scan of allende
Examples of micro-CT applications

View a selection of micro-CT data sets that highlight the many different applications for this technique.