MicroCT Systems Overview

MicroCT specimen systems

SCANCO Medical µCT systems excel at high-resolution, non-destructive 3D imaging of specimens in vitro. µCT systems are used worldwide to study diverse materials ranging from bone and scaffolds to concrete or even (with additional cooling) snow and ice crystals.

Your choice of µCT system depends heavily on the following factors:

Most µCT models can be fitted with a sample changer and a filter changer to increase scanner versatility.
If you would like assistance when selecting the ideal system for your needs, please contact our experienced sales team.

Preclinical systems

Our customers in the pharmaceutical industry all agree:

In vivo imaging during the drug development process can drastically reduce time and costs.

Imaging in preclinical research requires excellent quantitative reproducibility and low X-ray dose. At SCANCO Medical both of these requirements are central in our design and development of cutting-edge in vivo microCT systems. The vivaCT 80 delivers outstanding high-resolution in vivo images. Fast scan times and an innovative design minimize the X-ray dose, allowing repeated scanning of individuals during a study.

The Field-of-view can be varied mechanically, increasing resolution for smaller scan sizes without affecting scan time. The vivaCT 80 is the most versatile scanner for in-vivo X-ray micro computed-tomography imaging of mice, rats, and rabbits. The new integrated monitoring and gating system allows flawless animal handling and high throughput. 

XtremeCT II, originally designed for clinical research, is an exceptionally versatile tool for preclinical studies that require a large field-of-view. 

Clinical systems

HRpQCT Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and micro-architectural deterioration of bone tissue, with a consequent increase in bone fragility and high risk of fracture.
- WHO Consensus Conferences 1990/1993 (Hong Kong / Copenhagen)

The importance of monitoring bone microstructure, in addition to bone mass, in patients with osteoporosis is becoming increasingly apparent. Peripheral Quantitative Computer Tomography is an effective method for in vivo assessment of human radius and tibia that captures both density and structure in a single measurement. XtremeCT II from SCANCO Medical is a high-performance, high-resolution pQCT system that combines high-speed scanning, low X-ray dose and true 3D analysis to provide a unique solution for clinical monitoring and treatment of osteoporosis patients.

Cabinet specimen systems

µCT 50    
  µCT 50 µCT 100 µCT 100HE
Peak energy 30 - 90 kVp 30 - 90 kVp 30 - 130 kVp
Max. scan size 50 x 120 mm (ØxL) 105 x 140 mm (ØxL) 95 x 140 mm (ØxL)
Max. specimen size 100* x 160 mm (ØxL) 100 x 160 mm (ØxL) 100 x 160 mm (ØxL)
Best resolution (nominal) 0.5 µm 1.25 µm 1.5 µm
Best resolution (10% MTF) < 2 µm < 4 µm < 5 µm

Desktop specimen systems

µCT 45    
  µCT 45 µCT 90  
Peak energy 30 - 90 kVp 30 - 90 kVp  
Max. scan size 50 x 120 mm (ØxL) 90 x 120 mm (ØxL)  
Max. specimen size 50 x 120 mm (ØxL) 90 x 120 mm (ØxL)  
Best resolution (nominal) 1.25 µm 2.2 µm  
Best resolution (10% MTF) < 5 µm < 8 µm  

Preclinical systems

vivaCT 80

XtremeCT II
  vivaCT 80 XtremeCT II  
Peak energy 30 - 70 kVp 68 kVp  
Max. scan size 80 x 150 mm (ØxL) 140 x 225 mm (ØxL)  
Max. specimen size 80* x 150 mm (ØxL) 170 mm (Ø)*  
Best resolution (nominal) 5 µm 17 µm  
Best resolution (10% MTF) < 14 µm < 58 µm  

*See scanner specifications for details

Clinical systems

XtremeCT II    
  XtremeCT II    
Peak energy 68 kVp    
Max. scan size 140 x 225 mm (ØxL)    
Max. specimen size 170 mm (Ø)*    
Best resolution (nominal) 17 µm    
Best resolution (10% MTF) < 58 µm    

*See scanner specifications for details