Micro-computed tomography for natural history specimens: a handbook of best practice protocols

Kleoniki Keklikoglou, Sarah Faulwetter, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Patricia Wils, Jonathan Brecko, Jiří Kvaček, Brian Metscher, Christos Arvanitidis

Abstract


Micro-computed tomography (micro-CT or microtomography) is a non-destructive imaging technique using X-rays which allows the digitisation of an object in three dimensions. The ability of micro-CT imaging to visualise both internal and external features of an object, without destroying the specimen, makes the technique ideal for the digitisation of valuable natural history collections. This handbook serves as a comprehensive guide to laboratory micro-CT imaging of different types of natural history specimens, including zoological, botanical, palaeontological and geological samples. The basic principles of the micro-CT technology are presented, as well as protocols, tips and tricks and use cases for each type of natural history specimen. Finally, data management protocols and a comprehensive list of institutions with micro-CT facilities, micro-CT manufacturers and relative software are included.

Keywords


micro-CT; microtomography; museum specimens; 3D visualisation; virtual specimens

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2019.522

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