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Appl Radiat Isot. 2012 Jul;70(7):1340-3. doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2011.11.028. Epub 2011 Nov 25.

Phase contrast X-ray synchrotron imaging for assessing external and internal morphology of Rhodnius prolixus.

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  • 1Physics Institute, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


PhC-SR-μCT is a nondestructive technique that allows the microanatomical investigations and 3D images reconstructions. This technique is performed in blood sucker, Rhodnius prolixus--one of the most important insect vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, ethiologic agent of Chagas' disease in Latin America--was able to provide excellent information about the microanatomy of the thorax and head allowing a new tool for further studies of development and physiology of triatomine by a non-invasive method of observation.

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