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SkyScan 1174 Micro-CT Scanner | simple, fast imaging

Micro-CT Scanners for Fast Scanning and Simple Operation

The SkyScan 1174 is a compact, affordable, X-ray tomograph (Micro CT) scanner for nondestructive three-dimensional microscopy. The 1174 is supplied with software for system control, X-ray radiography, tomographic reconstruction, 3D-reconstruction, 2D/3D quantitative analysis and modeling. The main areas of application are bone morphometry, metal foams, plastics, composites, diamonds defectoscopy, biomedical objects and other non-destructive testing.

Introduction to X-ray Microtomography (Micro-CT)

Microtomography uses a similar technique as X-ray tomography systems used in medicine (CT Scans) but with much finer resolution. Multiple 2D X-ray images are stored while either the sample or the source / detector pair is rotated. Internal structures are reconstructed as a series of 2D cross sections which are then used to analyze the two and three dimensional morphological parameters of the object. The process is nondestructive and requires no special preparation of the specimen. For comparison, medical CT systems have pixel sizes in the range of 1mm, the SkyScan 1174 Microtomograph can acquire images with 6 micron pixel size.

The powerful imaging capabilities of X-ray tomography are now available in a range of desktop instruments suitable for microscopic imaging of small objects with a wide range of applications: 3D bone analysis, food studies, soft tissue research, insects, microelectronics, materials, geological studies and more. Specialized software (CTAn) has been developed for the analysis of Micro-CT images including bone morphometry, porosity, fractal analysis and more (see related pages).

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  • Fast scanning with simple scanner operation
  • 50 kV maintenance-free X-ray source
  • Cooled 1.3 Mp 14-bit X-ray camera
  • Down to 6 micron 3D detail detectability
  • Scanning during compression, tension, cooling, heating
  • 2D/3D image analysis and realistic visualization
  • X-ray source
    20-50kV, 40W maximum power, filter holder for energy selection
  • X-ray detector
    1.3Mp CCD coupled to scintillator by lens with 1:6 zoom range
  • Spatial resolution
    6…30 µm pixel size, approximately 10µm low-contract resolution
  • Object size
    5 – 30mm in diameter, 50mm in length (50mm vertical travel)
  • Reconstruction
    single PC or cluster volumetric reconstruction (Feldkamp algorithm)
  • Optional stages
    micropositioning, cooling, compression / extension / torsion
  • Radiation safety
    <1µSv / h at any point on the instrument surface

For the latest releases of the SkyScan software please visit SkyScan’s website.

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