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Supporting data for "Laboratory X-ray micro-computed tomography: a user guideline for biological samples"

Broeckhoven, C; du Plessis, A; Guelpa, A; le Roux, S (2017): Supporting data for "Laboratory X-ray micro-computed tomography: a user guideline for biological samples" GigaScience Database. RIS BibTeX Text

Laboratory X-ray micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) is a fast growing method in scientific research applications that allows for non-destructive imaging of morphological structures. This paper provides an easily operated "how-to" guide for new potential users and describes the various steps required for successful planning of research projects that involve micro-CT. Background information on micro-CT is provided, followed by relevant set-up, scanning, reconstructing and visualization methods and considerations. Throughout the guide, a Jackson's chameleon specimen which was scanned at different settings is used as an example. The ultimate aim of the paper is make new users familiar with the concepts and applications of micro-CT in an attempt to promote its use in future scientific studies.

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Du Plessis, A., Broeckhoven, C., Guelpa, A., & le Roux, S. G. (2017). Laboratory x-ray micro-computed tomography: a user guideline for biological samples. GigaScience, 6(6), 1–11. doi:10.1093/gigascience/gix027

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Accessions (data included in GigaDB):

BioProject: PRJNA347499


X-ray tomography micro-computed tomography nano-computed tomography 3D imaging non-destructive analysis 



  • Funding body - Universiteit Stellenbosc
  • Award ID - IN-1223567
  • Comment - Dr Anton du Plessis

Samples: Table Settings


Common Name
Scienfic Name
Sample Attributes
Taxonomic ID
Genbank Name

Sample IDTaxonomic IDCommon NameGenbank NameScientific NameSample Attributes
three-horned chameleon specimen116114  Trioceros jacksonii Description:A preserved three-horned chameleon spe...
Life stage:adult
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Data Type
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Release Date
Download Link
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File NameSample IDData TypeFile FormatSizeRelease Date 
Mixed archivearchive202.18 MB2017-04-03
imageTIF2.82 MB2017-04-03
Mixed archivearchive577.61 MB2017-04-03
imageTIF1.79 MB2017-04-03
otherUNKNOWN22.81 MB2017-04-03
otherUNKNOWN15.09 MB2017-04-03
Mixed archivearchive1.34 GB2017-04-03
imageTIF3.06 MB2017-04-03
Mixed archivearchive3.66 GB2017-04-03
Mixed archiveTIF625.59 KB2017-04-03
Displaying 1-10 of 23 File(s).



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