Short Course Announcement: Basics of CT Data Acquisition, Visualization, and Analysis

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SHORT COURSE: Basics of CT Data Acquisition, Visualization, and Analysis

DATE: 22-26 February 2015 (22 and 26 are travel days)

iDigBio and the University of Texas High-Resolution X-ray CT Facility (UTCT; are pleased to announce a 3-day short course on the fundamentals of acquiring and working with CT data of biological and paleontological samples. This short course is sponsored by the NSF and participation for those in U.S. based institutions is fully supported. Travel, lodging, and meals are provided. We have funding and space to support ten participants. There are no fees.

Preference will be given to applicants who have access to Avizo® software, possess or are in the process of acquiring CT data to process, and have a demonstrated need for immediate application of the skills learned.

To apply, please complete the online application:

Application deadline: 31 October 2014

Content will include an overview of what CT data represent, how these data are acquired, and guidelines for specimen selection/preparation. Most of the short course will be devoted to hands-on training in basic image processing of CT data, including: basic data handling; reslicing and oblique reslicing; taking volumetric and linear measurements; creating 3D animated renderings (both volumetric and isosurface); segmenting components of the data (e.g., endocasts, individual bones); and preparing CT data and their derivatives for on-line publication. Software employed will include Avizo®, VGStudio MAX®, ImageJ, and Photoshop®, with particular emphasis on Avizo®.  Participants are invited to bring their own CT data, or to have specimens scanned at UTCT prior to the short course. 

Because space is limited, we may not be able to accommodate all applicants. Students will receive first priority.

Please direct questions to Gil Nelson (

Start Date: 
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 8:00am EST to Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 5:00pm EST
University of Texas High-Resolution X-ray CT Facility