Computed tomography (CT) provides an invaluable non-destructive technique for visualising the external and internal structure of objects in 3D.
The technique is becoming increasingly used to study palaeontological, zoological, mineralogical, entomological and botanical specimens. The Natural History Museum is the only museum to possess state-of-the-art micro-CT and nano-CT scanners and is uniquely placed to carry out such research.
The Museum uses three forms of tomography. The choice of instrument depends on the size and density of a specimen:
An introduction to computed tomography, including what the process involves and what determines the resolution of a scan. Find out why CT scans lend themselves to quantitative analysis of structure and geometry.
Discover the many applications for computed tomography. Learn about micro-CT at the Museum, including details of our state-of-the-art scanner, our micro-CT software workshops and how to arrange a scan of your specimens.
Learn about reflection nano-CT and the Museum's Gatan X-ray Ultra Microscope instrument.
Dr Farah Ahmed
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5157
The Museum offers training in commonly used micro-CT software packages. Find out about the regular workshops and how to book a place.
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.