CT Systems


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The CNT-based microCT system was built by Dr. Otto Zhou’s lab at the UNC physics Department. The unique feature of this microCT is the carbon nanotube based X-ray source, which offers many attractive features including electronic programmability and fast switching. It is perfect for a mouse lung imaging study.

Main advantages of the system include:

  • System can provide high resolution (<100 mm)
  • Prospective gating for mouse lung or cardiac imaging with much less dose
  • CT X-ray current: 0 – 1.5 mA
  • CT X-ray source energy: 50kVp
  • Focal Spot Size: 93mm x 109 mm
  • 39mm x 39mm FOV
  • Cone beam Feldkamp reconstruction algorithms 

Sample studies

  • Mouse lung imaging on genetically engineered mouse lung cancer model
  • Mouse cardiac imaging
  • Mouse colonography on genetically enginnered mouse colon cancer model

Sample Images:

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GE eXplore CT120SpeCT

High-performance, high-throughput small animal In Vivo MicroCT scanner designed for high-quality scanning for a wide variety of applications. It is designed to help visualize, quantify, and characterize anatomical parameters in small animals such as mice and rats. Its table design, versatile bed mount and built-in software support allows image registration with other imaging modalities. (http://www.gehealthcare.com/euen/fun_img/products/pre-clinical/explore-ct120/index.html)

Main advantages of the system include:

  • High Ct resolution with respiratory gating
  • CT X-ray source energy: 70 to 120kV
  • CT X-ray current: 0-50mA
  • Bore diameters 30mm for mouse, 75mm for rat
  • Modified Feldkamp conebeam reconstruction
  • Allows for multiple bed scans for whole body images

Sample Images (click to enlarge):



The SCANCO µCT 40 scanner is a desktop cone-bean X-ray scanner. It can provide high resolution of 6 µm. In addition to the high resolution capabilities, it also offers a larger specimen size (36 mm diameter, 8 cm specimen length).

Main advantages of this system include:

  • Highest resolution available at 6 µm (2000 projections per rotation, 2048 x 2048 pixels)
  • Bone density calibrated so perfect for bone or dental study
  • CT X-ray voltage 50-70 kVp
  • CT X-ray current 150 µA
  • No shielding required
  • Detector 2048x252 elements, 24 µm pitch Resolution 6 µm nominal, 9 µm (10% MTF @ 12 mm Ø)
  • Specimen Size up to 38 mm in diameter, 80 mm in length
  • Software offers complete 64-bit imaging solution, online/offline reconstruction, sophisticated 2D/3D evaluation, 3D-visualization/animation, and archiving data

Sample studies:

  • Developing Gemosil Technology for New Biomaterials

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Sample Images (click to enlarge):

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