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µCT: How it Works

Using X-rays the µCT works in the same way as a clinical CT scanner or CAT (computer aided tomography) scanner. Hundreds of X-rays are collected of the sample, each a fraction of a degree rotated from the previous one. By a fairly meaty bit of computing, a series of cross sections can be produced to reveal the inner structure of the object being scanned.

Best suited to hard materials such as bone, teeth, wood, rocks and the like. Also useful for food items or samples with air spaces.