Special Issue "NIR Tomoscopy in Animals"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Physiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Giorgio Masoero
Guest Editor
Agriculture Academy of Torino, 10123 Torino, Italy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Spectroscopy is a scientific discipline that studies the interactions of light with organic matter.

Smart devices, and SCiOTM in particular, are now available and widely used to classify plant phenotypes and to gain insights into the properties of vegetal and raw animal materials or their derivates.
Only a few examples of the direct application of near infra-red (NIR) tomoscopy to domestic and laboratory animals have been published so far.

Compared to deep ultrasound tomoscopy with imaging, NIR tomoscopy is characterized by the punctual vision of surfaces, but not superficial ones, as important chemical metabolic signals that are embedded in the NIR spectrum of the most important defensive organ of the body: the skin.

This new tool appears interesting for in vivo and non-blood monitoring of animal responses to feeding experiments, especially where oxidative perturbations are produced and/or restored. Moreover, preliminary insights into the skin phenotype may be useful to allot adult animals to experimental groups as well as to forecast the “global” effect of treatments.

Feeding and animal health professionals will benefit from the development of a rapid and non-invasive technique to signal/confirm physiological alarm states in zootechnical as well as in pet and laboratory animals. 

Dr. Giorgio Masoero
Guest Editor

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  • NIR tomoscopy
  • animals
  • SCiOTM
  • skin fingerprinting
  • feeding
  • welfare status
  • blood parameters

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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