Examples of reflection nano-CT applications

Nano-CT can be used to visualise the external and internal structure of objects in 2D and 3D at a sub-micron level. Follow the links below to see a selection of research project examples.

  • Still image of a mite nano-CT scan reconstruction
    Nano-CT of a mite

    See a rotation computed tomography movie of this tiny invertebrate.

  • 3D volume of a bryozoan prepared using reflection nano-CT
    Nano-CT of a bryozoan

    The internal pore structure of bryozoans may shed light on how they grow. Nano-CT enables non-destructive visualisation of this internal structure in 3D.

  • 2D virtual slide through a foram
    Nano-CT of a foram

    With this technique it's possible to take virtual slices through minute organisms to visualise their internal structure.

  • Virtual 2D slice of a barley seed
    Nano-CT of a barley seed

    It's possible to manipulate nano-CT data in many ways - enabling comparison of 3D and clipped 3D volume images with 2D slices of the same seed.

  • A 3D volume image and 2D virtual slice through a dried sugar cane leaf
    Nano-CT of a sugar cane leaf

    The technique reveals small concentrations of the mineral silica just beneath the surface of sugar cane leaves.


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.