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CT Scanning Service

Dear All,

It is with regret, that due to the current national crisis, we are cancelling the SRUC CT scanning service for the foreseeable future.  Depending on developments in the coming months we may be able to re-offer the service to those of you who normally scan later in the year.  We will be in touch with updates so please keep an eye on our website and the CT Facebook page .  Meanwhile we hope you and your families stay safe and can continue to produce high quality lambs.

Best wishes to you all

Kirsty & John


CT is a medical imaging technique which produces images of body cross-sections, using low dose X-rays, without harming the animal. The detailed images produced allow very accurate estimation of body composition and tissue distribution.

The Animal & Veterinary Science Research Group provides services to end users derived from its research activity. We provide CT (computer tomography) scanning services to livestock breeders, to other research organisations and for veterinary diagnosis.

We run a CT scanning service for sheep. Scanning using CT is a more accurate method for identifying characteristics which cannot be measured by ultrasound and allows you, among other things, to better identify the best animals in a flock for breeding.

A modern CT scanning unit and a team of specialist staff are available in Edinburgh and at other locations across the UK with a mobile service, for use in a wide range of applications by researchers and external organisations.

In addition, there are currently ongoing projects by PhD students as follows:

  • Use of computer tomography based predictors of meat quality in sheep breeding programmes
  • Quantifying spine characteristics in sheep using x-ray computed tomography (CT)

CT Unit Gallery

Pig scanning at Bush

Our unit in action and the diverse uses of our CT scanner.

Scanning Sequence

Scanning sequence

Take a look at the step by step process of scanning sheep.

Kirsty McLean

Unit Manager

Address: SRUC, Bush Estate, Penicuik, Mid-Lothian EH26 0QE

Telephone: 0131 535 3250

E-mail: kirsty.mclean@sruc.ac.uk