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MicroCT Applications in Lung Research and Immunology

The ability to quantitate lung disease and monitor disease development and resolution in real time is an advantage to using small animal microCT. In addition, 3D analysis provides data about the whole lung instead of the snap-shots typically associated with conventional analysis techniques, including histology. microCT provides the ability to assess a large diversity of lung diseases and the outcomes correlated to data generated from human patients.


In this webinar, Dr. Elizabeth Redente, Associate Professor at National Jewish Health, will give insights from the literature and her group on the ability of microCT imaging to quantitate, visualize and follow the development of a myriad of lung diseases including inflammation associated with infection, fibrosis, emphysema and tumor development. The use of 3-dimensional analysis to quantify lung disease is advantageous over traditional histology techniques that capture a single cross-sectional analysis or macro-dissection of the lung to isolate tumors, which reduces spatial understanding. In addition, the use of contrast agents allows for easy visualization and quantitation of organ vasculature.


Dr. Elizabeth Rendente

Associate Professor, National Jewish Health

Elizabeth Redente is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO. Her research focuses on the development and resolution of pulmonary fibrosis using animal models. The use of microCT imaging modalities has been an important tool for her research program and the longitudinal study of animals during therapeutic treatment. She is currently funded by the NIH to study silica-induced pulmonary fibrosis and pre-clinical interventions.

Key topics

  • MicroCT of the lung - Current methods and limitations
  • Examples of lung disease
  • Quantification and visualization for measuring lung volume, Hounsfield units, and tumour counting
  • Benefits to using MicroCT

Who should attend?

Researchers (including undergraduates, graduates, postdoctoral fellows) in biomedical sciences who are interested in gaining a better understanding of microCT techniques implementing microCT imaging technologies into their biomedical research and learning an overview of current microCT research in the literature.

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