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An X-ray micro-tomography system optimised for the low-dose study of living organisms

Jenneson, P. M., Gilboy, W. B., Morton, E. J. and Gregory, P. J. (2003) An X-ray micro-tomography system optimised for the low-dose study of living organisms. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 58 (2). pp. 177-181. ISSN 0969-8043

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An X-ray micro-tomography system has been designed that is dedicated to the low-dose imaging of radiation sensitive living organisms and has been used to image the early development of the first few days of plant development immediately after germination. The system is based on third-generation X-ray micro-tomography system and consists of an X-ray tube, two-dimensional X-ray detector and a mechanical sample manipulation stage. The X-ray source is a 50 kVp X-ray tube with a silver target with a filter to centre the X-ray spectrum on 22 keV.A 100 mm diameter X-ray image intensifier (XRII) is used to collect the two-dimensional projection images. The rotation tomography table incorporates a linear translation mechanism to eliminate ring artefact that is commonly associated with third-generation tomography systems' Developing maize seeds (Triticum aestivum) have been imaged using the system with a cubic voxel linear dimension of 100 mum, over a diameter of 25 mm and the root lengths and volumes measured. The X-ray dose to the plants was also assessed and found to have no effect on the plant root development. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:3680
Uncontrolled Keywords:micro-tomography dose non-destructive evaluation COMPUTER-ASSISTED TOMOGRAPHY PLANT-ROOTS WATER
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