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CT Scanning Core

MicroCT Scanning Laboratory

The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) Micro(µ)CT Scanning Laboratory is a Core Research Facility that allows researchers to generate high-resolution tomographic data of bone, fossils, and contrast-enhanced tissues. These data can include 3D surface visualizations of anatomy and morphology, that can facilitate morphometric studies, phylogenetics analysis, and biomechanics modeling. 

The UMMZ µCT Scanning Laboratory owns and operates a Nikon XT H 225ST µCT Scanner. The specifications are found below. The UMMZ µCT Scanning Laboratory operates under all LARA, MIOSHA, and OSEH safety guidelines. All scanning is conducted or supervised by the Lab Manager. Specimen access should be arranged by the user ahead of time with the appropriate UMMZ collections manager.

●     Maximum resolution: 3-5 µm, most zoological specimens will be scanned between 10.2µm and 100µm.

●     Maximum Kilo-Volts: 225 kV, most specimens scanned at 120 kV to 200 kV.

●     Maximum specimen size: About as large as raccoon/opossum. However, we have been able to scan several large snakes by coiling them.


Scheduling: If you are a student, staff, or faculty member of the University of Michigan please make an account on the UMMZ CT ilabs Core webpage.

Then, under the "Request Services" tab please fill out a request under the appropriate service that you'd like. You will receive a message via email containing a quote that you will need to approve. 

If you are external to the University of Michigan: Please complete the CT Scanning Request Form to obtain a quote from the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) micro-Computed Tomography (uCT) Scanning Core. Please answer all questions in this form to the best of your knowledge so that an accurate quote can be provided. Please note that it may take up to 10 business days to receive a response. Additional details may be required to provide a final quote.

Rates: We offer 2 service types, which are charged at different rates based on affiliation.
Service 1: Data Acquisition by Core Technician.
Service 2: Data Acquisition & Analysis by User (must be trained by technician ahead of time - see service 1).

Location: The UMMZ Biodiversity CT Core is located at the Research Museums Center, 3600 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48108.

  Service 1 ($/hour) Service 2 ($/hour)


University of Michigan

$42.50 $32.25



$85 $64.50



$212.50 $161.25
The UMMZ micro CT-scanner: Nikon XT H 225ST



Director: Dan Rabosky

Lab Manager: Ramon Nagesan

Lab Technician: Haley Martens