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  • Maintenance-free 90kV X-ray source

  • Fully distortion corrected 11Mp X-ray camera

  • Up to 8000x8000 pixels in every slice

  • Down to 9m in-vivo 3D spatial resolution

  • Shortest scanning cycle is about 1 minute (1Kx1K slice format)

  • Integrated physiological monitoring (breathing, movement detection, ECG)

  • 4D time-resolved microtomography

  • Software for 2D/ 3D image analysis, bone morphometry and realistic visualization


The SkyScan 1176 is a high performance in vivo micro-CT scanner for preclinical research. The large format 11 megapixel x-ray camera gives an unrivalled combination of resolution, image field size and scan speed - everything that is required in a busy and demanding biomedical research laboratory. Image field width up to 68 mm allows full body mouse and rat scanning and distal limb scanning for big animals, such as rabbits, at pixel sizes of 9, 18 and 35m. Variable x-ray energy and automatic filter changer provide scanning flexibility to allow imaging of a wide range of samples from lung tissue to bone with titanium implants.


Animal beds for rats and mice are available made of carbon fiber or polystyrene foam. An integrated physiological monitoring subsystem provides breathing and heart-beat gating for proven thoracic image improvement by synchronized acquisition.


The full range of SkyScan software is supplied, including world's fastest hierarchical (InstaRecon) and GPU-accelerated volumetric reconstructions, software for 2D/ 3D quantitative analysis and for realistic 3D visualization. The software for 4D time-resolved microtomography is also supplied as standard. The scanner can work in "push button" mode with scanning start/ stop and protocol setting from the integrated touch screen. The touch screen has a force sensitive surface allowing normal response to a hand in gloves. The main control rack-mounted workstation is integrated below the scanner. The scanner can be optionally supplied with an integrated cluster of two powerful multicore workstations placed in the lower part of the scanner's body.








X-ray source

sealed micro-focus X-ray tube 20-90kV, 25W

X-ray detector

4000x2672pixels, 12bit, fiber-optically coupled to scintillator

Scanning volume

68mm diameter, 20mm single scan length, 200mm scannable length

Spatial resolution

<9 m pixel size, <15m low-contrast resolution (10%MTF)

Reconstructed slices

1Kx1K ~ 8Kx8K pixels, 9 m/ 18 m/ 35 m selectable pixel size


breathing, heartbeat (more about physiological monitoring)

Radiation safety

<1 Sv/h at 10cm from the instrument surface






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