Micro CT-Scanner: SkyScan 1275, Bruker




This highly automated micro-CT system allows pushbutton operation with a preselected sequence of actions including scanning, reconstruction and volume rendering. A wide range of X-ray energies 20-100kV and small spot size in the X-ray source plus multiple filter options allow optimal scanning conditions to be selected for any particular application.

This scanner has a generous object size range up to 96mm in diameter and 120 mm in length and can be used for large samples including industrial parts and assemblies. The distortion-free flat-panel active pixel 3MP detector includes a fiber-optic plate to ensure long lifetime and the highest possible reconstruction quality and accuracy

The scanning can be done by using conventional circular trajectory or by using helical (spiral) scanning trajectory. GPU-accelerated 3D reconstruction supports all image formats with speed-up 5-10 times compare to conventional CPU-based reconstruction. The reconstruction supports both circular and helical scanning modes.The software package includes programs for 2D/3D image analysis and realistic 3D visualization by surface / volume rendering of large format scanning results, data export and volume rendering on mobiles.

The SkyScan 1275 is specially designed for fast scanning using new advances in the technology of X-ray sources and efficient flat-panel detectors. It opens the possibility for reducing scan time down to a few minutes without compromising image quality. Current developments in fast reconstruction accelerated by graphics cards give an additional gain in performance and speed. Fast realistic visualization of results by volume rendering enables fabulous imaging of internal object’s microstructure with power to reveal all internal details by virtual cut or virtual flight around and inside the objects.

Fast scanning with high quality results is crucial for scientific research and industrial applications such as quality control or production process monitoring. The SkyScan 1275 provides a high level of automation. Simple push of a button on the front of the system starts an auto-sequence of a fast scan followed by reconstruction and volume rendering executed during scanning of the next sample.


Advantages of Micro-CT

  • Micro-CT allows for extremely high-resolution, non-destructive, 3D-imaging.
  • No staining, sectioning, or sample preparation needed
  • Samples can be frozen or fixed
  • Data acquisition is a rapid process, allowing for a speedy return of samples



  • X-ray source: 20-100 kV, 10 W, < 5 µm spot size @ 4 W
  • X-ray detector: 3MP (1944x1536 pixels) active pixel CMOS flat panel
  • Maximum object size: 96 mm diameter, 120 mm height
  • Reconstruction: GPU-accelerated FDK reconstruction as standard
  • Radiation safety: <1 µSv/h at 10cm from the instrument surface


Bruker SkyScan1275: SkyScan1275-brochure.pdf

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