The Imaging Core provides assessments of structure and mineral content (micro-computed tomography
) and molecular-level properties (infrared microscopy
). The particular imaging techniques of the Core have been chosen because they allow determination of geometry and material properties of musculoskeletal structures. The functional performance of any musculoskeletal structure depends on the geometry, architecture, and material properties. Such properties can be assessed with high spatial resolution by micro-computed tomographic and infrared microscopic imaging. These imaging properties also interface with characterizations made in the Analytical Microscopy
and the Mechanical and Material Assessment Core
. In addition, the Imaging Core can provide access to state-of-the-art molecular imaging technology for the study of biology in living animals. Core personnel help researchers select relevant imaging technologies, train new users, and assist in the development of new approaches.
Note: Publications that include data generated using the services of the Imaging Core must acknowledge support through NIH AR046121.