Key research areas

Marine Biodiversity, Taxonomy, Paleontology, Geology, Icthyopathology, Biomedicine

People involved

Niki Keklikoglou

Niki Keklikoglou
PhD Student

Christos Arvanitidis

Christos Arvanitidis
Research Director

Eva Chatzinikolaou

Eva Chatzinikolaou
Research fellow

Research Directions
Marine biodiversityMarine biodiversity
Bioinformatics and biodiversity informaticsBioinformatics and biodiversity informatics
  • Micro-tomography (microCT)
  • Micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) is a non-destructive imaging technique, which uses X-rays for the rapid digitisation of specimens in three dimensions. The ability of micro-CT to visualise the internal and external features of an object makes this technique a useful tool in a variety of biological research fields such as taxonomy and systematics, developmental research and functional morphology.


    IMBBC has a Skyscan 1172 micro-CT scanner (Bruker, Belgium), which can be used to scan both hard- and soft-bodied organisms, but also fossils, materials and other small-sized structures. This microtomograph is offered as a service to external users in order to create 3D objects and to perform 3D analysis.


    The scanner uses a tungsten X-ray source with an anode voltage ranging from 20 to 100 kV, 11 MP CCD camera (4000 × 2672 pixel) and a maximal resolution of < 0.8 μm/pixel. The maximum object size that can be scanned is 50mm in diameter. The scanning duration depends on the sample size and the selected scanning parameters (resolution, averaging frames, etc).

    Related Content

    • New paper: the micro-CT is used in innovative medical applications
      Karagiannidis, E., Konstantinidis, N.V., Sofidis, G., Chatzinikolaou, E., Sianos G. 2020. Rationale and design of a prospective, observational study for the QUantitative EStimation of Thrombus burden in patients with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction using micro-computed tomography: the QUEST-STEMI trial. 2020. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. 20:125.

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