Imaging Data, a Treasured Asset

16 October 2017

Micro-CT imaging data collected at CAI by National Imaging Facility (NIF) Fellow, Dr Karine Mardon, has been transformed into an interactive display as part of the 200 treasures exhibition at the Australian Museum's newly restored Long Gallery (now Westpac Gallery).

Headshield Slug multimedia display. Image © Australian Museum

The data has been reconstructed to create a multimedia, interactive exhibit where visitors can see a 3D model of the internal structures several specimen.

The Westpac Gallery 200 Treasures will be a permanent installation and featured 100 invaluable treasures from the Australian Museum collection, and the stories of 100 people who have had a profound influence on Australian history.

The gallery has a rich history, as the first gallery in Australias first museum. The 19th century theatre has been extensively restored over the past two years to preserve and adapt the space. While respecting the historical signifcance of the gallery, it has embracing a modern spirit reflecting the museum's current and future collections.

Headshield Slug (Philine sp.) micro-CT scan shows internal shell and stomach of probable new species found in Asia © Australian Museum

The Museum has been experimenting with CT to view internal structures of a specimens without the need for dissection. The Headshield Slug micro-CT (above) was able to show the internal shell and entire digestive tract - including the creature's last meal! AMRI scientists are using the scans to collect and interpet data from a number of specimens. 

Long-eared Bat (Nyctophilus gouldii) micro-CT shows the internal structure of Australian species of insect-eating bat © Australian Museum


Micro-CT data collected at the Centre for Advanced Imaging on the Inveon PET-CT, funded as part of the National Imaging Facility (NIF) by Dr Karine Mardon. Multimedia display in the Westpac Long Gallery developed by the interactive design company Holly. All images are copyright of the Australian Museum.