Computed Tomography Angiography of Dead Wild Boar : 2013

Photograph by

Anders Persson

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3D reconstructed image of a dead wild boar showing its skeleton and blood vessels. The animal had been killed in a traffic accident. An iodine contrast agent was injected into the arteries before the animal was placed in a Dual Energy Computer Tomography (DECT) scanner. This takes a series of scans of the animal, a virtual ‘slice’ at two different X-ray energies. The slices can then be combined to form a virtual 3D image and computer processing can apply transparency and colour to the various types of tissue. This technique is being developed to enable virtual autopsy to be performed on human bodies post mortem. Centre for Medical Image Science and Visualisation (CMIV), Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden