Journal article

High-throughput microCT scanning of small specimens: preparation, packing, parameters and post-processing

Christy A Hipsley, Rocio Aguilar, Jay R Black, Scott A Hocknull



High-resolution X-ray microcomputed tomography, or microCT (μCT), enables the digital imaging of whole objects in three dimensions. The power of μCT to visualize internal features without disarticulation makes it particularly valuable for the study of museum collections, which house millions of physical specimens documenting the spatio-temporal patterns of life. Despite the potential for comparative analyses, most μCT studies include limited numbers of museum specimens, due to the challenges of digitizing numerous individuals within a project scope. Here we describe a method for high-throughput μCT scanning of hundreds of small (< 2 cm) specimens in a single container, followed by individual..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council DECRA

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Research Council DECRA (DE180100629) to C.A.H., with scans performed through the Melbourne TrACEES platform. Danielle Measday, Conservator of Natural Sciences at Museums Victoria, advised on and provided archival papers for testing. We thank Kristen Spring, Rochelle Lawrence, Joanne Wilkinson, and Jonathan Cramb, along with many volunteers at the Queensland Museum, for their assistance in generating the large quantity of specimens made available for this project.