3D X-ray Microscopy at the Nanoscale

The new MULTISCALE X-ray nanotomograph SKYSCAN 2214 covers the widest range of object sizes and spatial resolutions in one single instrument. It opens unique possibilities for 3D imaging and exact modeling of geological materials in oil and gas exploration, composite materials, Li batteries, fuel cells, electronic assemblies, as well as ex-vivo preclinical applications like in lung imaging or tumour vascularization.

The instrument allows scanning and 3D non-destructive reconstruction of internal microstructure of objects as large as >300mm in diameter as well submicron resolution for small samples. The world’s fastest hierarchical 3D reconstruction software speeds-up imaging object’s internal microstructure 10-100 times compare to traditionally used algorithms or GPU-accelerated reconstruction.

The system contains "open type" [pumped] X-Ray source with <0.5 microns spot size and diamond window. It can be equipped with one to four X-Ray detectors: flat-panel for large objects, 11Mp cooled CCD with wide field of view, 11Mp cooled CCD with medium field of view, 8Mp cooled CCD for highest spatial resolution. Automatically variable acquisition geometry and phase-contrast enhancement allow obtaining best possible quality in relatively short scanning time.

The full range of Bruker-microCT software is supplied, including fast volumetric reconstruction, software for 2D/ 3D quantitative analysis and for realistic 3D visualization. Supplied software also includes volume rendering and easy creation of realistic movies with possibility for virtual flight around and inside the reconstructed object's microstructure. Reconstruction results can be sent to iPad, iPhone or Android devices. Special software for mobile platforms performs volume rendering and virtual cut of objects with touch screen gesture controls.


X-ray sourceopen (pumped) type 20-160kV, up to 16W
X-ray detector (s)6Mp flat-panel + 11Mp large format CCD + 11Mp mid format CCD + 8Mp hi-res CCD
Image formatsup to 8000x8000x2300 pix after a single scan
Spatial resolution60nm smallest pixel size, <500nm low-contrast resolution (10%MTF)
Positioning accuracy<50nm for rotation, anti-vibration granite platform with pneumatic leveling
Maximum object size300mm in diameter (140mm scanning size), 400mm in length, maximum object weight is 25kg
Radiation safety<1 µSv/h at any place of the instrument surface