ToScA 2017: 6-8 September, Portsmouth

Visit our booth at ToScA 2017 (Tomography for Scientific Advancement) on 6-8 September 2017 in Portsmouth.

Blue Scientific is the official UK and Nordic distributor for Bruker Micro-CT. For more information please get in touch:

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Register for ToScA 2017

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ToScA 2017

This year’s event will be the 5th annual ToScA symposium. The conference covers:

  • Hard and soft tissue imaging
  • Understanding materials in 3D
  • Recent advances in hardware and software
  • A broad range of tomography applications

The international symposium includes keynote speakers, student talks, student poster presentations and an image competition. The event provides platform for open discussions, networking with researchers and commercial industry as well as an opportunity for collaboration.

There’ll be workshops on Wednesday 6th September and then the two day symposium takes place on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September 2017.

Micro-CT image of steel fibre reinforced concrete

Analysing fibres in steel fibre reinforced concrete

Live Demos at our Booth

Visit our booth to see live demonstrations on the SkyScan 1275, an automated benchtop micro-CT system from Bruker.

Bruker SkyScan 1275 Micro-CT

  • Fast scans in as little as 80 seconds
  • Scan at the press of a single button (or operate manually)
  • Self-optimising features for high quality images
  • Ultra fast 3D image reconstruction with GPU acceleration (5-10 times faster than conventional CPU-based reconstruction)

Come to our Workshop 

We’ll be holding a workshop on Wednesday 6th September, which is complementary to the other workshops running that day:

Blue Scientific Bruker Skyscan Workshop

At our workshop you’ll be able to scan your own sample on the Bruker SkyScan 1275 micro-CT. With advances in scanning and reconstruction software, you can scan your object and produce a 3D rendering in as little as 5 minutes! You’ll be able to take home a digital rendering to show others, using our free app running on a tablet.

Bring a sample with you to the workshop – Samples can be up to 95mm in diameter and 120mm in length; energies from 20 to 100 kV and nominal resolution is 4 micron (pixel size at maximum magnification).

The workshop works as a standalone session – or combine with these other workshops for the full experience to really see what micro-CT can do!

  • Specimen Prep in Earth Sciences (run by the Natural History Museum) – Micro-CT does not require sample preparation, however there are a few guidelines for optimal data acquisition. Prepare your sample in this session, then bring it to our workshop for scanning!
  • 3D Printing from CT Data (run by the University of Portsmouth) – Take your data file and learn about how to model, mesh and 3D print it!
  • Amira-Avizo Software – Take the data from your scan to the Amira-Aviso workshop for further processing.

Full details are on the ToScA 2017 website.

Invited Speakers

  • Tomographic mapping of the Universe
    Dr David Bacon, University of Portsmouth
  • CT-based bone strength prediction: from human to mice
    Prof Marco Viceconti, University of Sheffield
  • Mechanics-based 4D tomography
    Prof Francois Hild, LTM-Cachan
  • From whole animals and micromorphology to cell types and molecular probes: Micro-CT as a new standard tool in bioscience research
    Dr Brian Metscher, University of Vienna
  • Human tooth micro anatomy and root canal treatment failure: insights by X-ray phase contrast enhanced microCT
    Dr Paul Zaslansky, Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • 3D Museums: tactile learning, greater access
    George Oates, Museum in a Box / Good, Form & Spectacle


Register now on the ToSCa website. Registration includes attendance at the 2 day symposium, lunch and refreshments on 7- 8 September and the Symposium Banquet on Thursday 7th September at HMS Warrior.

There are also packages that include RMS (Royal Microscopical Society) membership/renewal, as well as special rates for students.

Register online, and payment can be made by credit card or invoice. The deadline is Friday 25th August 2017.


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Measuring porosity with micro-CT

Analysing porosity with microtomography