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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