Inauguration of the microCT lab for biological tissues


We are happy to invite you to the inauguration of the new X-ray microfocus computed tomography (microCT) lab in Woluwe (IREC) on Monday November 21, 2022!

To show you which kind of research can be performed on this kind of machine, and before the official opening of the lab, we will organize an afternoon of seminars and short talks. Please see below the agenda. The seminars will take place in room Gerty Cori A+B (Tour Laennec).

We kindly ask you to register for the event (free of charge!) before November 6, 2022 via the following link:

AGENDA of the inauguration:

14-14.10h: Opening speech

14.10-14.45h: Introduction to high-resolution ex vivo microCT and contrast-enhanced microCT (CECT) for X-ray-based 3D histology of biological tissues by Prof. Greet Kerckhofs (open for the general public, with guided tours just after the talk)

14.45-15.30h: Keynote lecture Prof. Bernadette S. de Bakker (UMC Amsterdam, The Netherlands): The Dutch Fetal Biobank – Imaging human development

15.30-15.50h: CECT stains – What is available and what is to be expected?

15.50-16.10h: Cryo-CECT

16.10-16.30h: Future perspectives – technical advancements


16.45-17.15h: CECT applications: imaging of nervous tissues

17.15-17.45h: CECT applications: cardiovascular imaging

18h: official opening of the lab (Tour Vésale, +0, room 2545 and 2546) + guided tours + drink


Info about the microCT device: The new high-resolution (voxel sizes possible ≤ 0.8 µm) microCT system will allow for the non-destructive ex vivo imaging of the 3D microstructure of different biological tissues and organs. This will allow quantitative evaluation of different structural properties (the geometric dimensions, the volume fraction and distribution of different tissue constituents such as collagen, fibrin, myocytes, etc, cavities/porosities or particles. The device also allows the investigation of dynamic processes via 4D-XCT imaging (i.e. imaging combined with stepwise in situ mechanical or thermal loading). A wide range of X-ray source energy (20-180kV) is available for flexible scanning of soft tissues with a low X-ray attenuation, but also to investigate multi-tissue structures with different X-ray attenuations, such as for example bone/muscle/tendon combinations, or tissues combined with metal-based implants. The system is applicable for imaging of different types of biological tissues with sizes up to 240mm in height and diameter, investigated with and without specific contrast-enhancing staining agent required for soft tissues. The machine allows fast imaging, which limits the radiation dose and avoids tissue degradation, dehydration and sample movement during the acquisition.

Published on October 27, 2022