Applications

X-ray Micro-CT Applications
Micro-CT for Entomology
Can the built environment mimic the natural world? Biomimicry — analyzing structures in nature in order to understand how they function — allows engineers to bridge the gap between designers and nature but requires a deep knowledge of the structures being analyzed. One way to learn more about these structures is to examine them via micro-CT imaging. Such imaging provides a path towards generating a digital model of any feature, which can be further explored via computer simulation or additive manufacturing.
X-ray Micro-CT Applications
Micro-CT for Digital Rock Analysis
Micro-CT scanners are able to perform X-ray imaging of core sub-samples from 10 to 500 times higher resolution than macro-CT scanners, known as medical CT scanners. Scan resolution is generally guided by the size of the sample, so the smaller the sample, the higher the resolution. A 25-micrometer resolution sub-sample scan (a standard test plug) is being used in the sample selection process for sophisticated reservoir-condition flow studies. Small features (e.g., micro fractures, small vugs, anomalies, etc.) are hard to visualize with macro-CT imaging but are captured well with micro-CT scanners. Primarily, these scans are used as an advanced screening tool for high-value testing. However, scan data bring extraordinary value for quantifying varying phases in plug samples (e.g., salt crystal locations, location of asphaltene, distribution of fluids, etc.) for assessment of their impacts on porosity, permeability and flow behavior. Fracture propagation as a result of increasing vertical stress on rocks also can be visualized.
X-ray Micro-CT Applications
Micro-CT for Dental Studies
“There comes a point in some of our lives where one (or more) of our pearly whites falls victim to the dreaded drill courtesy of a visit to the dentist. Whether it is a tooth which simply outstayed its welcome or a tooth which needed significant reinforcements in the form of fillings, our teeth are an invaluable asset which play an integral part of our daily quality of life. But have you ever wondered what in inside of our powerful incisors, canines, and molars/pre-molars?
X-ray Micro-CT Applications
Bone Mineral Density Analysis by Micro-CT Data
Bone mineral density (BMD, mg/cm3) is an important measure in the evaluation of osteoporosis. LOTUS-inVivo and LOTUS-inVitro Micro-CT systems provide a non-destructive way of measuring bone mineral density in Pre-clinical studies.
X-ray Micro-CT Applications
Micro-CT for electronics components testing
Every Electronic component may be subjected to significant deformation under the action of thermal and mechanical loads during operation and storage. The use of thin material layers limits the possibilities for the integration of sensors to measure deformation and strain. Previously, deformations in in electronic components and assemblies have been measured using optical methods including moiré interferometry and digital image correlation – both of which require the cross-sectioning of the solder joint to gain access to the joint of interest for the purpose of strain and deformation measurement. Cross-sectioning is a destructive technique which requires discarding a portion of the package. In addition, the measurements are often limited to line of sight allowing measurement of only the optically visible cut-section.
X-ray Micro-CT Applications
Quantitative Analysis of Synthetic Materials by Micro-CT
Synthetic materials can be fabricated for any purposes in every fields. For example scaffolds with properties similar to trabecular bone are samples of synthesized materials for biological purposes. LOTUS Micro-CT systems can be used to quantify parameters like porosity of scaffolds or mineralized matrix formations by high resolution 3D imaging and applying different image processing algorithms. LOTUS Micro-CT chain starts with acquisition of very precise projections, continues with 3D fast and robust reconstruction, 2D and 3D visualization, processing and measurements and ends with enabling users/operators to analyze their samples with a friendly user interface (UI).