This is a custom-designed µCT scanner optimised for high throughput 3D X-ray Histology. This scanner was designed by the μ-VIS and the XRH team and built by Nikon Xtek systems Ltd. It is the cornerstone of the second phase of development of 3D X-ray Histology, which is fully funded by Wellcome Trust (2019-2022; £1.14M; Wellcome Trust, Biomedical Resource and Technology Development Grant).
The XRH scanner can be used for non-destructive radiographical and tomographical inspection of biomedically relevant specimens, and is optimised for high-throughput imaging of unstained formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) soft tissue specimens.
The equipment was commissioned in January 2020, and is hosted at the Biomedical Imaging Unit at University Hospital Southampton.
- Nikon multi-target micro focus X-ray source:
- 130 kVp/130 W Mo rotating target (custom)
- 10 μm spot up to 50 W
- 180 kVp/20 W Mo transmission targets (custom)
- 1.5 μm spot up to 5 W
- 225 kVp/225 W multimetal reflection target
- 2.5 μm spot up to 7 W
- Sample autoloader, up to 10 specimens per rack (custom)
- Optimised for high throughput 3D X-ray Histology
- 2.8 x 2.8 k ,16-bit flat panel detector
- Standard cone-beam & helical scanning
- Samples up to ~400 mm and up to 50 kg