The ENU group has a long lasting collaboration with the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility located in Grenoble, France. This partnerhip recently resulted in relevant findings on the application of the Synchroton Radiation in the field oh high resolution imaging of human specimens.
Modern high-spatial-resolution radiologic methods are enabling increasingly detailed volumetric postmortem investigations of human neuroanatomy for diagnostic, research, and educational purposes. In particular the X-ray phase-contrast micro-CT on beamline ID17 uniquely renders both hard-tissue vertebral bone structure and soft-tissue spinal cord neuroanatomy in 3D, including deep microscale cellular and vascular features, without contrast agent use.
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Publication: “High-spatial-resolution three-dimensional imaging of human spinal cord and column anatomy with postmortem X-ray phase-contrast micro-CT” G. E. Barbone (a, b), A. Bravin (c), A. Mittone (c), S. Grosu (b), J. Ricke (b), G. Cavaletti (d, e), Valentin Djonov (f), Paola Coan (a,b) Radiology, 2020; doi: 10.1148/radiol.2020201622