Access to state-of-the-art lab-based 3D imaging facilities for industry and academia.

NXCT is the UK’s National Research Facility for lab-based X-ray Computed Tomography.


Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), our mission is to provide access and expert support for both academia and industry, embracing both first-time users and more experienced researchers to run cutting-edge 3D and 3D time-lapse imaging experiments.

Launched in November 2020, NXCT is investing in new CT scanning capability to build on existing facilities and expertise – from the Universities of Manchester, Southampton, Warwick, University College London (UCL), and Diamond Light Source – to deliver unparalleled 3D imaging capability for the UK.

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Accessing NXCT Facilities

Whether you've used X-ray Computed Tomography before or are looking to explore what the technique can do for you, we have a range of access models to support academic and industry users. Access will be available to all through daily beam charges. Eligible users can apply for our Free Beamtime Access Scheme. We are also setting up a data infrastructure that will provide remote access to computing and software resources to support your data analysis needs. If you are interested in using X-ray CT for your research, please get in touch to see how we can help.

Accessing Equipment

A single point of access

As well as creating a single access point for the facilities, we can ensure your application for beamtime and/or data analysis is conducted at the most appropriate location. We are also investing in new cutting-edge equipment and analysis facilities which will be made available to users as soon as it is installed and commissioned. We will be coordinating a range of training courses and access to training material to help you develop your understanding of X-ray CT, how to acquire data, and how to analyse the 3D and 4D data.