Hornet X-Ray


Left: A projection x-ray image of a hornet. Right: A 3d rendering of the hornet.
Image Credit: APS/Pfeiffer et al.

Did you know that the "CT" in CT scans stands for computed tomography? It's basically a way to take images of the body in slices through the use of x-rays. Different parts of the body block x-rays better than others, allowing doctors to produce telling images for diagnosis and treatment.

The image above came from such a tomographic x-ray technique developed for higher sensitivity imaging. The left image shows the method being used on a hornet, and the right image reveals a 3-d rendering of the hornet. The scientists behind this technique hope it will be used for higher sensitivity imaging of small animals among other samples.

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