Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2018, Vol. 53 ›› Issue (3): 364-371.DOI: 10.11983/CBB17104

Special Issue: 药用植物专辑

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3-D In-situ Non-destructive Structural Characterization of Ferula sinkiangensis

Liu Huiqiang1,*(), Sulaiman·Kaisa2, Sun Yun3, Pang Yuan4, Fan Xiaoxi1, Xie Ru1, Liu Chao1, Duan Yingni1, Ma Yan1   

  1. 1College of Medical Engineering and Technology, Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi 830011, China
    2Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ethno-Medicine, Urumqi 830002, China
    3College of Chinese Medicine, Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi 830011, China
    4Urumqi Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Urumqi 830000, China
  • Received:2017-05-23 Accepted:2017-10-07 Online:2018-05-01 Published:2018-09-11
  • Contact: Liu Huiqiang


Synchrotron-based X-ray phase-contrast micro-tomography is being used for achieving nondestructive and 3-D characterization due to the high contrast imaging of low Z materials (consisting of C, H, O, N elements). In this paper, we present a new method to combine the high resolution synchrotron-based X-ray phase-contrast imaging technology and phase retrieval algorithm for analyzing and evaluating the 3D inner micro-structures and nondestructive characteristic structures of Ferula sinkiangensis. The method successfully revealed the 3-D micro-structures and characteristics of F. sinkiangensis with high-density resolution, demonstrating that the method is an intuitive and reliable tool of 3D visualization, which has good potential for characterizing and identifying Chinese medicine materials.

Key words: synchrotron radiation source, phase-contrast micro-tomography, phase retrieval, microscopic identification, Ferula sinkiangensis