X-ray Micro-CT

X-ray Micro-CT

X-ray Micro-CT Imaging Services

High-resolution Insights for Your R&D

DigiM is the trusted partner for micro-computed tomography imaging needs, including state of the art X-ray microscopy and synchrotron systems. Through close communication and an understanding of your R&D challenges, we can help you make the most of the imaging data. 
With X-ray microscopy, non-invasive 3D volumes can be collected at resolutions as high as half a micron. 

Compared to traditional X-ray micro-CT systems, X-ray microscopy instruments utilize an optical lens and scintillator to magnify the signal received from the sample. This allows for local tomography, where a small region of interest within a sample can be selectively scanned at resolutions as high as half a micron. 

The scan on the right demonstrates the use of X-ray microscopy to visualize thousands of particles in a spray dried powder, which is used in the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture tablets. XRM allows visualization of internal void space, as well as wall thickness, information otherwise hidden at low resolutions and with 2D imaging modalities. 

Our frequently used instruments include:

  • Zeiss Versa 520, Versa 610, and Versa 620 X-ray Microscope
  • Zeiss Xradia Ultra 810 X-ray Microscope
  • Rigaku nano3DX X-ray Microscope
  • Rigaku CT Lab HX
  • Rigaku CT Lab GX
  • Bruker Skyscan 1272, 1273, and 1275 X-ray micro-CT 

At DigiM, we don’t stop at imaging – we believe all images have meaningful quantitative information which should be extracted. To analyze these complex microstructure images, we apply a suite of machine learning AI analysis tools. Click the button below to discover how AI analytics can bring new insights to your characterization. 

The term Micro-CT is used generally to include Micro-CT, Nano-CT, Synchrotron, and X-ray Microscopy. See the diagram below for a comparison of Micro-CT 3D imaging technology with other techniques, the resolution ranges each technique covers, and recent industrial consolidations. DigiM has experience with images from all of these manufacturers, and played critical roles in the design and development of several software platforms they bundle.

Micro-CT’s Advantages and Challenges

Advantages

  • Nondestructive
  • 3D
  • Larger field of view (compared to the EM based technique)
  • Possible to support dynamic imaging with sample under changing thermal, mechanical, electrical constraints.

Challenges

  • Intensity calibration from sample to sample
  • Beam hardening
  • Scanning time and signal-to-noise-ratio balance
  • Massive amount of result data stretching storage and computation resources.

Micro-CT System Comparison