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Bruker SkyScan 1275

Bruker Micro-CT

Automated Desktop X-Ray Micro-CT

Self-optimising scanner for high quality 3D images

The Bruker SkyScan 1275 makes it easy to acquire high quality 3D X-ray micro-CT scans (also known as XRM / X-Ray Microscopy). See realistic images of the sample’s internal micro-structure with volume rendering. Reveal fascinating internal details, with virtual cuts and flights around and inside the object. The speed and quality of the SkyScan 1275 makes it ideal for scientific research and industrial applications, such as quality control and process monitoring.

  • Highly automated micro-CT – Simply push a button on the front of the system to start an auto-sequence, involving a fast scan followed by reconstruction and volume rendering, which can be executed while the next sample is being scanned. Manual operation is also available. Save even more time with an optional sample changer.
  • Flexible scanning – Wide range of X-ray energies 20-100kV and small X-ray spot size, along with multiple filter options.
  • Suitable for large samples – Scan objects up to 96mm in diameter and 100mm in length.
  • Long lifetime, high quality and accuracy – Distortion-free flat-panel active pixel 3Mp detector, including a fibre-optic plate.
  • Fast scanning – from 80 seconds.
  • 5-10 times faster image 3D reconstruction accelerated by GPU, which supports all image formats and is faster than conventional CPU based reconstruction.
  • Comprehensive software included – Including packages for 2D/3D image analysis, realistic 3D visualisation by surface / volume rendering large format scanning results, data export and volume rendering on mobiles. Receive email notification when a scan finishes, with a link to the results.
  • Micro-positioning and material testing stages (optional) – Scan materials under compression, tension, heat or cooling. More info…

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Bruker SkyScan 1275 Micro-CT

Micro-CT Applications

  • Composites
  • Bone
  • Building materials
  • Geology and oil/gas exploration
  • Electronics
  • Life science – more info


  • Fast, automated scanning
  • Easy to achieve high quality results
  • Extremely fast image reconstruction
  • Flexible imaging for all applications
  • Accommodates large samples

Example Micro-CT Images

4D scan of a compression test on limestone:

4D visualisation of sandstone salt crystalisation:

Micro-CT scan of glass

Volume rendering of a rod of glass fibre-reinforced nylon, with the front top corner virtually removed. 3.8µm isotropic resolution. 1944x1944x538 pixels.

Carbonate structure internal micro-CT image

Volume rendering of the internal structure of carbonate, with the front right corner virtually removed. The pore sizes are colour-coded.

Micro-CT scan - bone

Volume rendering of the internal structure of bone, with the top left corner virtually removed. The trabecular thickness is colour-coded. 11µm isotropic resolution. 1944x1944x2637 pixels.

Internal image of a mobile phone

3D X-ray image of the internal structure of a mobile phone. 30µm isotropic resolution. 1944x1944x2794 pixels.

Micro-CT scan of a lemon

Virtual cuts and flights through objects

Technical Details

Automated, push-button operation

The Bruker SkyScan 1275 features new X-ray source technology and flat panel detectors for fast, efficient scanning. Scan time is reduced to just a few minutes without compromising image quality, with a shorter distance between the source and detector and a very fast camera read-out. New developments in image reconstruction and faster graphics cards have also dramatically accelerated the speed of micro-CT and improved performance.

Automated, Push-Button Operation

The Bruker SkyScan 1275 can be operated manually just like a conventional micro-CT scanner, for full flexibility. Alternatively, push a button on the front of the scanner for completely automated scanning, without any input from the user. The automatic sequence includes:

  • Automatic object size analysis.
  • Selection of optimal magnification.
  • Scanning cycle – results are distributed to incrementally indexed sub-folders.
  • 3D reconstruction, with results displayed as three orthogonal slices intersecting at any point, or as a realistic 3D volume rendered object.

The sequence can be customised in advance, with reconstruction and visualisation parameters based on a predefined protocol, or you can simply repeat the previous settings. For higher throughput, images can be reconstructed while the next object is being scanned.

Once the micro-CT scan has finished, you can choose to receive an email with a link to the dataset. The system can also report interrupted scans, and all emails can be configured to your requirements.

SkyScan 1275 Sample Changer

An optional sample changer is available for the SkyScan 1275. Queue up to 16 samples up to 50mm in diameter or 8 samples up to 96mm in diameter. Mixtures of large and small samples can also be accommodated. The maximum sample length is 100mm.

The sample changer sits on top of the scanner, outside the shielded area. Samples can be removed from the changer or replaced at any time, without interrupting the scanning in progress.

Scanning Protocol

The scanning protocol can be adjusted individually for each sample. There are three options:

  • Manual selection
  • Automatic selection
  • Repeat parameters from the previous scan

When automatic scanning protocol is selected, the size of the sample is measured using the image from the X-ray microscope at the lowest magnification from multiple angles. Magnification is then selected to keep the whole sample in the field of view. This automatic adjustment can be overwritten by the operator.

More info…

Micro-CT Sample Changer