Magnetic resonance imaging in entomology: a critical review

Hart, A G, Botwell, R W, Köckenberger, W, Wenseleers, T and Ratnieks, F L W (2003) Magnetic resonance imaging in entomology: a critical review. Journal of Insect Science, 3 (5). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1536-2442

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) enables in vivo imaging of organisms. The recent development of the magnetic resonance microscope (MRM) has enabled organisms within the size range of many insects to be imaged. Here, we introduce the principles of MRI and MRM and review their use in entomology. We show that MRM has been successfully applied in studies of parasitology, development, metabolism, biomagnetism and morphology, and the advantages and disadvantages relative to other imaging techniques are discussed. In addition, we illustrate the images that can be obtained using MRM. We conclude that although MRM has significant potential, further improvements to the technique are still desirable if it is to become a mainstream imaging technology in entomology.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article 5
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: Francis Ratnieks
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:20
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 15:19
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