Hounsfield Facility: 3D X-ray imaging



Maize seedling

This movie shows the root system of a maize (Zea mays) seeding grown in a loamy sand soil for 7 days.

Bao et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (25) 9319 9324. (2014). 


[22 microns]

 A journey through the inner space of soil

This movie shows the pore space of a loamy sand soil at field capacity moisture. 

[8 microns]

Arabidopsis leaf

This movie shows the microstructure of a 3 mm disk from an Arabidopsis leaf. 

Lundgren, M.R., Mathers, A., Baillie, A.L. et al. Mesophyll porosity is modulated by the presence of functional stomata. Nat Commun 10, 2825 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10826-5

[2.75 microns]

Macrostructure of a zero-tilled field soil

A 5 cm diameter core collected from a zero-tilled field structured soil. MicroCT reveals an interconnected structure of bio-pores (red) that influence the hydraulic behaviour of the soil. 

Mangalassery et al. To what extent can zero tillage lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from temperate soils?. Sci Rep 4, 4586 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/srep04586

[50 microns]

Poppy seedhead

3D rendered animation of a poppy seed seed non-destructively sectioned to show the seeds inside.

[50 microns]

4D Maize seeding 

A maize plant was imaged at different points during its life cycle.  The roots, stem and leaves were seperated and rendered using advanced image processing.

Mairhofer, S., Sturrock, C.J., Bennett, M.J., Mooney, S.J. and Pridmore, T.P.  Extracting multiple interacting root systems using X‐ray microcomputed tomography. Plant Journal, 84: 1034-1043. (2015) https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.13047

[20 microns]

Aerated chocolate bar


A high resolution scan of an aerated chocolate bar to reveal porosity. Colours highight the differences in volume of the bubbles.

[20 microns]

Chimpanzee os codis

This video shows a 3D render of a chimpanzee os cordis (heart bone) discovered by scientists at University of Nottingham in 2020. 

Moittié, S., Baiker, K., Strong, V. et al. Discovery of of os cordis in the cardiac skeleton of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Sci Rep 10, 9417 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-66345-7
[15 microns]

Insights into cockroach behaviour

3D animation of a cockroach revealing it's internal organs.

Durrant, et al. Comparative morphological trade-offs between pre- and post-copulatory sexual selection in Giant hissing cockroaches (Tribe: Gromphadorhini). Sci Rep 6, 36755 (2016).  https://doi.org/10.1038/srep36755

[30 microns]

Hounsfield Facility

The University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington
Loughborough, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0) 1159 516786
email: craig.sturrock@nottingham.ac.uk