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Micro computed tomography or "micro-CT" is x-ray imaging in 3D, by the same method used in hospital CT (or "CAT") scans, but on a small scale with massively increased resolution. It really represents 3D microscopy, where very fine scale internal structure of objects is imaged non-destructively. No sample preparation, no staining, no thin slicing - a single scan will image your sample's complete internal 3D structure at high resolution, plus you get your intact sample back at the end!
How does micro-CT work? A micro-focus x-ray source illuminates the object and a planar x-ray detector collects magnified projection images. Based on hundreds of angular views acquired while the object rotates, a computer synthesizes a stack of virtual cross section slices through the object. You can then scroll through the cross sections, interpolating sections along different planes, to inspect the internal structure. Selecting simple or complex volumes of interest, you can measure 3D morphometric parameters and create realistic visual models for virtual travel within the object.
Bruker microCT can genuinely
claim to be at the fore-front of the development of high performance
micro-CT technology. Our research and development of 3D x-ray
microscopy started in the early 1980s. This led to the first
micro-CT imaging results being obtained in 1983-1987 and published
in scientific journals and international conferences proceedings.
Building on this early work, Bruker-microCT was founded in 1996, and
within a year we were manufacturing a commercially available
micro-CT scanner with spatial resolution in the micron range. In
2001 we produced the first high-resolution in vivo micro-CT scanner
for small animal imaging. And in 2005 Bruker-microCTbecame the
world's only supplier of a laboratory nano-CT scanner with submicron
spatial resolution. Responding to demand from the growing community
of micro-CT users, we are continually active in research and
development into new methods for non-destructive 3D microscopy.
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