Industry-Leading Provider of microCT Systems and Solutions

SCANCO Medical has been a pioneer in the field of high-resolution computed tomography for more than three decades. Starting with the first installation in Switzerland in 1988 we now have systems for medical and industrial applications operating on six continents.

We offer a wide range of microCT scanners for specimen and preclinical as well as clinical use. These systems are supplied with high-end computing equipment and sophisticated analysis and visualization software to provide the most comprehensive and industry-leading imaging solutions.

SCANCO Medical also offers scanning, analysis and consulting services for a wide range of applications.

SCANCO Medical scanners are used on many of the most prominent universities and research institutions world wide.


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MOSAiC expedition

A report from the northpole by Amy Macfarlane, SLF ...

On 19/08/2020 a Scanco micro-computer tomograph (µCT 90) set a record by conducting a scan at the North Pole. This northern-most µCT 90 scan has been made possible due a collaboration between Scanco Medical AG / and the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF). For a whole year the Scanco µCT 90 was installed on German research vessel- Polarstern, which has been frozen into sea ice as part of the MOSAiC expedition. As the sea ice drifted across the Arctic, so did Polarstern and the µCT 90. Five scientists from the SLF took it in turns to measure, for the first time, the three-dimensional structure of the snow on sea ice, with this instrument.

Installing a micro-CT onboard Polarstern allows scientists to non-destructively measure the growth and decay rates of the ice structures and better understand snow metamorphism. The images collected over the expedition will allow scientists at the SLF to quantify the full complexity of the 3D snowpack evolution throughout winter, spring and the melt season and obtain a unique dataset to derive and simulate thermal, electromagnetic and mechanical properties.

However, this experiment certainly comes with challenges in the field, and likely explains why no-one has attempted this before. The µCT 90 had to overcome the vibrations of the ship whilst measuring to 8 µm resolution, it was installed and monitored in a cold laboratory on the ship which needed a consistent temperature of -15°C whilst outside temperatures fluctuated between 3°C and -40°C (!), scientists onboard had to live in 24h darkness, 24h daylight, avoid polar bear encounters, and handle extremely delicate snow samples in windy and cold conditions.

Snow is an important component of the Arctic sea-ice and is currently poorly represented in sea-ice modelling. The snow cover on sea ice is the most variable layer dominating the thermal and optical properties of the sea ice.

The snow microstructure is relevant to numerous modeling groups (albedo and optical remote sensing of snow, microwave modeling and remote sensing, snowpack modeling at different scales), to the biogeochemistry group (bubble migration, air permeability) and atmospheric chemistry (recrystallization rate of snow). The results from MOSAiC will be incorporated in the relevant models within the MOSAiC framework that aim to contribute to enhancing the understanding of the regional and global consequences of Arctic climate change and sea-ice loss and improve weather and climate predictions. The results obtained will reveal the missing links necessary to improve predictive modelling of Earth’s energy budget in the context of climate change.

Text: Amy Macfarlane

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IPL Version 6.0

The latest release is available ...
The new release V6.0 can be installed on all µCTs, vivaCTs and XtremeCT II.
Please contact SCANCO Medical AG to have it installed.


Life Sciences

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