microCT Microtomography

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.