Life Lines

“XROMM”

The last night of the Comparative Physiology meeting I listened to the neatest lecture on visualizing change in animals given by Dr. Elizabeth Brainerd at Brown University. She provided a wonderful synopsis of imaging techniques throughout history and spoke about using satellites to image large animal migrations all the way down to various microscopy techniques. But what I found most interesting was her description of a contraption called X‐ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology, or XROMM. This new system developed at Brown University allows researchers to view 3 dimensional skeletal images in live moving animals! It was great to be able to see the bones of birds in motion as opposed to viewing a static 2 dimensional x‐ray image. I think I need to come up with a study that really needs this new technology…

Click here to visit the website and see practical applications and videos taken by XROMM.