Micro-CT imaging of the intestinal tract of the tobacco hornworm caterpillar

Our customer Dr. Anton Windfelder from the Justus Liebig University of Giessen just published an impressive study on the intestinal tract of the tobacco hornworm caterpillar (Manduca sexta). This animal serves as a model system for ecotoxicology, immunology and intestinal physiology. The research group of Dr. Windfelder developed a micro-CT approach based on the oral administration of the clinical contrast agent iodixanol that enables high-resolution quantitative analysis of the intestinal tract. The results were given by Dr. Wind fields shown in a nice video:

The scans were carried out in Department of experimental radiology with a SkyScan 1173 from Bruker microCT. In zoology, the table devices from the Bruker SkyScan series are extremely popular due to their compact design and high resolution. The accredited testing laboratory RJL Micro & Analytic GmbH is happy to accept scanning orders and advise customers on investing in their own laboratory equipment.