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Techniques such as non-destructive 3D computer tomography let us look at the structure of artery walls to better understand how they function.

This project in collaboration with colleagues in Life Sciences, explores the structure of arteries using X-ray Computer Tomography. We use imaging technology to look at the microstructure of biomaterials so we can better understand how they function.

Work undertaken at the Henry Mosley X-Ray Imaging Facility has explored this area using imaging to understand the microanatomy and the cardiac conduction system in mammals to identify the effects of aging on the function of arteries. From images like those pictured opposite we have observed two distinct layers within the structure of arteries.

The work being undertaken in this project is still in progress but it is hoped work from this project will enable us to better understand how these two types of membranes interact as well understand the changes that occur due to aging.