Lizard, Micro-CT

Lizard Micro CT


The skeleton of a lizard shows through semi-transparent skin in a reconstructed X-ray image. The reptile, a Curly-tailed Lizard of the genus Leiocephalus, was imaged using a micro-CT system. Essentially a small-scale version of a hospital CT scanner, this uses beams of x-rays fired in different directions to form multiple ‘slices’ through the specimen. These are reconstructed in a computer to create a 3D model. Various structures can be digitally coloured or made partly transparent to give a better understanding of the structure of the animal’s body and the interaction between different tissues.

Image © Dan Sykes, Natural History Museum of London


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