The µCT laboratory at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

The computer tomography is an imaging method in the field of radiology. 3D volume data is reconstructed by specific mathematic calculations of 2D radiographs. A 360° view of an object is generated of several radiographs using a specific set of software.

The µCT lab of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is specialised in scanning and analysing finest structures. The institution uses a Phoenix Nanotom Xray|s solid bowl machine by General Electrics. We scan objects <15cm and, therefore, are able to reach a resolution up to 0.5µm. Thus, we focus on digitisation of micro fossils (0.3 – 1cm), and on analyses of insects as well as genital structures (<1mm). Based on our location at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin with its large specimen collections and a constant flow of both national and international scientific projects we gained large expertise practicing the µCT technology.

The CT laboratory is headed by Prof Dr Johannes Müller. You can find an introduction of our current projects and research group members here: https://muellerlaboratory.wordpress.com

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On the following pages we summarised our experiences with µCT scans and emerged challenges. This could help avoiding tedious problems for scientists, technicians and people who would like to work with this fantastic technique in the future.

For further information or suggestions for our case studies and new projects please don’t hesitate to contact me: mikroctlabor(at)mfn-berlin.de