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A new way to reveal the invisible

Bruker's next generation SkyScan 1294

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 SkyScan-1294. 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 SkyScan1294 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.

  • Simultaneous extraction of absorption, differential phase and dark-field (scattering) images
  • Three-grating X-ray interferometer with 30 keV design energy
  • Microfocus 100 W X-ray source, 20-60 keV peak energy
  • Five position filter changer for energy window selection
  • 11 megapixel cooled CCD X-ray detector
  • Compact, fully shielded desk-top instrument
  • World’s fastest hierarchical InstaRecon® 3D reconstruction
  • Touchscreen control for main functions
  • Surface and volume rendering, export results to phones and tablets

How Does the Phase-Contrast Scanner Work?

While passing through the object, the X-ray beam changes
To recover phase-shift information, it should be converted to an intensity signal detectable by the X-ray camera
The X-ray interferometer allows the converting of local phase shifts in the object to intensity modulation, which can be detected by the camera together with absorption information
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