Fourier transform infrared spectro-microtomography: 3D IR images in full Full Color

FTIR spectro-microtomography is a nondestructive three-dimensional imaging approach that reveals the distribution of distinctive chemistry throughout an intact biological or materials sample.

The method combines mid-infrared absorption contrast with computed tomographic data acquisition and with reconstruction that enhances chemical and morphological localization by determining a complete infrared spectrum for every voxel (millions of spectra determined per sample).

Spectro-microtomographic images of a human hair show absorptions of protein (red) and phospholipid (blue-green). Center, the medulla is observed to have little protein. Bottom, the medulla has higher concentrations of phospholipids.

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