Mineralized tissues inspire functionality and adaptability, while providing natural structure and protection. They represent the structural building blocks of life present, and preserved fossilized structures of life past. Understanding the complex biological processes that support life requires understanding the complex structural network that it supports. Visualization of the fine complex internal 3D structure made by Nature helps us to understand these biological processes or to inspire development of biomimetic bioengineered materials.
ZEISS X-ray microscopy (XRM) provides non-destructive high resolution and high contrast tomography to reveal a wealth of complex microstructural information in 3D. For example, bone consists of complex hierarchical structures at a variety of different length scales. ZEISS multi-length scale imaging solutions enable bone investigations from the sub-millimeter trabecular level down to the nanometer canalicular level, providing unprecedented in-laboratory access to the 3D structures of inter-lacunar networks.