Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 401, Issue 3, pp 803–808

Synchrotron radiation phase-contrast X-ray CT imaging of acupuncture points

  • Dongming Zhang
  • Xiaohui Yan
  • Xinyi Zhang
  • Chenglin Liu
  • Ruishan Dang
  • Tiqiao Xiao
  • Peiping Zhu
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00216-011-4913-7

Cite this article as:
Zhang, D., Yan, X., Zhang, X. et al. Anal Bioanal Chem (2011) 401: 803. doi:10.1007/s00216-011-4913-7

Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) topographic structures of acupuncture points were investigated by using synchrotron radiation in-line X-ray phase contrast computerized tomography. Two acupuncture points, named Zhongji (RN3) and Zusanli (ST36), were studied. We found an accumulation of microvessels at each acupuncture point region. Images of the tissues surrounding the acupuncture points do not show such kinds of structure. This is the first time that 3D images have revealed the specific structures of acupuncture points.

Keywords

Acupuncture point Synchrotron radiation X-ray Phase contrast Microvessel 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dongming Zhang
    • 1
  • Xiaohui Yan
    • 1
  • Xinyi Zhang
    • 1
  • Chenglin Liu
    • 2
  • Ruishan Dang
    • 3
  • Tiqiao Xiao
    • 4
  • Peiping Zhu
    • 5
  1. 1.Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, State Key Laboratory of Surface Physics and Department of PhysicsFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Physics Department of Yancheng Teachers’ CollegeYanchengChina
  3. 3.The Second Military Medical UniversityShanghaiChina
  4. 4.Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiChina
  5. 5.Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Institute of High Energy PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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