Our Scanco vivaCT 40 allows fast in vivo µCT (micro-computed tomography) for preclinical studies. µCT is similar to the computed tomography (CT) scans that are used to do medical imaging but with a resolution in the micrometer range.
The µCT scanner sends X-rays through the body to visualize a thin slice of the region of interest. The x-ray source and detector revolve in unison around the animal. A single 360° rotation is all that is required to capture a high resolution three dimensional image.
In our laboratory µCT is mainly used to assess the three-dimensional structure of trabecular and cortical bone.