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26-Jul-2017: SkyScan Scanner in Reuters Technology News

Reuters: Award-winning Spanish microtomographer releases his latest stunning images - micro-CT scans of the humble mason bee. Jim Drury reports.


This is the mason bee as never seen before. The micro-CT scans were produced by award-winning microtomographer Javier Alba-Tercedor. The University of Granada zoology professor uses a SkyScan 1172 scanner to produce pinpoint images. Mason bees are named for their habit of nest-building using mud or masonry products. Effective pollinators, they do not produce honey or beeswax. The scans won Alba-Tercedor 'Best Picture Award' at a recent micro-CT scan contest in Brussels.


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23-Jun-2017: SkyScan Starring in Euronews

Euronews - the most watched channel in Europe - shows how use of the SkyScan instrument from Bruker microCT helps to find an answer for future food challenges.

At the CNR in Ercolano, not far from Naples, scientists are leading in-depth 3D analyses to study how seeds respond to these stress tests. "For the farmer it's important to be sure to cultivate a plant that has a good yield for his business. We also study the seed's various components, each of which has properties that can be attractive to consumers," says researcher Giacomo Mele.


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05-Dec-2016: SkyScan microCT System Integrated in Instron® Testing Machine

Bruker microCT installed the first micro-CT system into a high-load Instron® testing machine at Gdansk University of Technology (Politechnika Gdańska). The Instron® load frame can apply up to 50 kN (5000 kgf) to an object during compression or tensile tests. The micro-CT system integrated in the Instron® machine allows 3D imaging of internal object microstructure while applying such force with spatial resolution of 15-40 microns. The system will be used for detailed revealing of 3D damage in internal structure of concrete samples. The results will be used for exact modeling of behavior of concrete structure under load and prediction of possible damages.

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09-Sep-2016: New SkyScan 1276 In-Vivo Micro-CT Introduced at the WMIC2016 in New York

With the launch of the new SkyScan 1276 high resolution in-vivo micro-CT system at the World Molecular Imaging Congress 2016 in New York , Bruker microCT is addressing the latest needs of preclinical imaging scientists striving to reduce the radiation dose used in animal studies, while maintaining highest image quality and spatial resolution.

  • 3.9 seconds shortest scanning cycle,

  • 2.8 micron highest nominal resolution,

  • Spiral (helical) and round scanning.

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07-Jul-2016: Educational Video on X-ray Microtomography

SkyScan systems and our German distributor Markus J. Heneka / RJL are starring in educational video on X-ray Inspection and Industrial Computed Tomography.

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15-Feb-2016: 1000 SkyScan X-ray Micro-CT Installations

Bruker microCT has overcome the milestone of 1000 installations of SkyScan X-ray systems. Based on twenty years of innovation and developments, we are proud to be the world's biggest supplier of micro-CT and nano-CT systems.

We would like to share this success with all our users who are trusting our technology, and invite all future users to join our micro-CT community!


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02-Nov-2015: Bruker microCT at BCEIA 2015, Beijing, China

The BCEIA 2015 - 16th Beijing Conference and Exhibition on Instrumental Analysis - took place at China National Convention Center in Beijing during October 27-30, 2015. The exhibition covered all types of analytical instruments such as microscopes, chromatographs and spectroscopes, laboratory equipment, reagents and chemicals to calibration facilities. The visitors of the exhibition include experts from various fields such as life sciences, food processing, environmental monitoring, quality assurance, chemical industry, steel and metallurgy, electronics, equipment manufacturing, tool production, farming and forestry. It is one of the largest exhibition of analytical instruments in the east with tens of thousands visitors from many countries.

Bruker microCT participated in this exhibition as a part of the Bruker booth with live demonstration of our SkyScan-1272 system, high-resolution desk-to microCT instrument. During exhibition big number of demo scans for potential customers and booth visitors has been done. It generated great interest from exhibition visitors to technology of non-destructive 3D imaging developed by Bruker microCT. The team of application and marketing people from Bruker microCT together with representatives from Bruker China presented micro-CT technology and full range of our instruments for material science and life science applications.


22-Oct-2015: SkyScan-1275: Fast, Automated Micro-CT for Scientific Research and Industrial Applications

The new SkyScan1275 desk-top microtomograph is specially designed for fast scanning using new advances in the technology of X-ray sources and efficient flat-panel detectors. It opens the possibility for reducing scan time down to a few minutes without compromising image quality. The SkyScan1275 provides a high level of automation. Simple push of a button on the front of the system starts an auto-sequence of a fast scan followed by reconstruction and volume rendering executed during scanning of the next sample.

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10-Aug-2015: SkyScan-1173 Reveals Secrets of a Mysterious Silver Box


In Captain Gabriel Archer’s grave, a mysterious silver box was recovered. Through the use of micro-CT by Micro Photonics, the contents were revealed, two pieces of a lead ampulla – a container used to hold holy water – and several fragments of bone, all without opening the priceless artifact. The contents were consistent with a Catholic reliquary; casting many questions about the relic found in the ground of the first Protestant church in English America.


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11-Jul-2015: SkyScan Scanner in Reuters Technology News

Male spider seen up close and personal

CT scans of the common male spider are showing the arachnid arthropod in unprecedented detail. Award-winning entomologist Professor Javier Alba-Tercedor produced the scans in his laboratory at the University of Granada  (C) Reuters Technology Tuesday, 01 Jul, 2015.

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25-Mar-2015: World's First Commercially Available Phase-Contrast Micro-CT

A new way to reveal previously invisible features of objects non-destructively and in 3D is realized in the world’s first commercially available phase-contrast desk-top microtomography scanner, the SkyScan1294. On top of traditionally observed local object absorption, the system allows you to reveal local X-ray refraction and scattering in object features, far beyond reconstructed pixel sizes.

The new SkyScan-1294 is based on the unique technology of phase-contrast imaging with polychromatic X-rays patented by the Paul Scherrer Institute at the Swiss Light Source (Zurich, Switzerland) and licensed to Bruker microCT for commercialization.


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22-Jan-2015: First Installation of Grating Phase-Contrast Micro-CT

The SkyScan 1294 desk-top phase-contrast X-ray microtomograph has been successfully installed in the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (Wels, Austria) for the research group of Prof. Johann Kastner ( The system includes a specially designed microfocus X-ray source, an 11 megapixel cooled X-ray camera and a precise three-grating Talbot-Lau X-ray interferometer for simultaneous extraction of absorption contrast, differential phase contrast and dark-field (scattering) images. It can obtain co-registered 3D reconstructions of all  these listed modalities using provided software for both GPU-accelerated reconstruction and the worlds' fastest hierarchical InstaRecon® reconstruction (reconstruction time for full volume in 1K format is 10-20 seconds or several minutes for full volume in 2K and 4K formats).

The first installed phase-contrast system will primarily be used for detailed investigation of fiber packaging in composite materials, for correlation with their physical properties, as well as for a wide range of other samples from material science and life science applications.


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