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    Micro-CT Applications for the Food Industry

    Micro-CT Examination of Sardines Packed in Oil

    The food processing and manufacturing industry utilizes micro-CT analysis in several ways, from studying the distribution of ingredients within products to inspecting finished packaging for foreign materials and checking product distribution within the packaging. Further, micro-CT allows researchers to study intact internal microstructure data non-invasively, as we were able to demonstrate with this examination of canned sardines packed in oil. Utilizing our SkyScan 1275 desktop micro-CT, we were able to quickly image the can of sardines, taking a virtual look within the dense metal container while resolving the fine structures of the bones within the fish.

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    MicroCT of a Grape and Raisin

    Did you know famed MRI technologist, Andy Ellison, prepares his CT machinery for human bodies by scanning images of fruits and vegetables? (Nuwer, 2014) Taking a deeper look into common fruit, its layers unfold; and they become motional works of art. In addition to artistic contributions, capturing CT scans of fruits provides enlightening insight into their biochemical and physical properties. We decided to scan a grape and a raisin and compare the fruit to its dehydrated counterpart. We have used our 1272 micro-CT system to show you their frontal and cross-sectional comparative images.

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    Micro-CT Applications for Food Safety

    This collection of articles include the uses of micro-CT to study imaging food freezing using micro-CT, salt reduction in sheeted dough, and studies related to quality inspection and improvement.

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    Micro-CT of Fruits

    Food scientists contribute to our bounty of fresh fruits by applying a wide range of scientific knowledge to maintain and improve our high quality, abundant food supply. Their efforts allow us to make the best use of our food resources and minimize waste. How foods such as fruit behave in cultivation, harvesting, processing, distribution, and storage is complex; botanists and food scientists are using micro-CT to study the internal structure of fruits in order to better understand the relationship between a fruit’s physical properties, perceptions of fruit quality, and post-harvesting transformations.

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    Micro-CT Applications for Quality Control in Food and Pharmaceutical Packaging

    Among other aspects of quality control, these articles include an overview of recent advances in shelf life extension for food packaging, looking at the importance of fresh produce attributes such as appearance, texture, flavour and nutritional value, as well as the increasing importance of safety and traceability along the supply chain from the farm to consumer. Non-destructive techniques such as micro-CT are valuable tools for analyzing the quality of fresh produce along the supply chain.

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    Micro-CT Inspection of Yeast Leavened Pizza Dough

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