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Rigaku | X-ray Microscopy & Imaging

Nano 3DX

nano3DX | X-ray microscope

Rigaku nano3DX is a true X-ray microscope (XRM) with the ability to deliver 3D computed tomography (CT) images of relatively large samples at high resolution. This is accomplished by using a high powered rotating anode X-ray source and a high-resolution CCD detector. The rotating anode provides for fast data acquisition and the ability to switch anode materials easily to optimize contrast for specific sample types.

What is X-ray microscopy?

Tomography is the study of the three dimensional structure of an object by slicing it into thin sections. Microtomography implies that the slices are very thin; thin enough to be viewed by an optical microscope. Classical tomography is a tedious and time-consuming process, and can also result in significant perturbations to the sample. In X-ray tomography, the entire sample is imaged at multiple rotation angles. This multitude of images is processed by sophisticated computer algorithms to provide a three dimensional reconstruction that can be sliced in any direction, providing new insights into the internal features of the object. X-ray microscopy provides this visualization at a resolution better than a micrometer (μm).

High-resolution, high-contrast X-ray microscope

The new nano3DX allows you see into many types of samples, including those that have low absorption contrast, for example CFRP, or denser materials like ceramic composites. The nano3DX allows you to achieve this by providing the ability to change the X-ray wavelength to enhance contrast or penetration.


  • Ultra-wide field of view, 25X larger volume than comparable systems
  • 3 X-ray wavelengths (Cr, Cu and Mo Ka) to optimize imaging for different sample matrices
  • Parallel beam geometry for high contrast and rapid data collection
  • Auto 5-axis (XYZ and rotation) stage and on-axis imaging system
  • High resolution three dimensional (3D) images
  • High power rotating anode X-ray source
  • High contrast for low-Z materials
  • High-resolution CCD imager

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    CT Lab

    CT Lab GX series
    Stationary sample, high-speed X-ray CT scanner

    Introducing the CT Lab GX series, for ultra-high-speed, high-resolution 3D X-ray micro CT. Using the Sample-Stationary Method, these new devices can perform CT scans in 8 seconds at top speed, with a minimum resolution of 4.5 μm.

    High resolution 3D CT
    The CT Lab pursues high-speed, high-resolution, and quick sample-mounting in order to be used for R&D purposes as well as at production sites. The field-of-view and resolution can be selected at will to observe even fine structures. The maximum number of pixels is 8000×8000. High-definition 3D observation is possible at the highest level compared with other products in the same class. The maximum diameter of a measurement subject is 72 mm×36 mm. After the wide field-of-view imaging, the image of fine structure can be reconstructed in details by specifying the ROI area in the newly incorporated “wide view imaging function".

    Live mode for in-situ imaging
    A 2D high-resolution Live mode with recording function is integrated to allow usage as an even faster computed radiography. The distinctive feature of this mode is that the structural change of the subject can be observed under in-situ in real time. This feature is effective for observing the change in battery cells during charge and discharge, status of cooling water hose when liquid flows through, or for measurement of structural change while heating. The observation result can be recorded so the scene when the change occurred can be checked afterwards. Note that since the power supply cable and hoses of the measurement subject can be wired outside the equipment through the insertion port on the side area, the power of the measurement subject can be turned on and off even while the measurement is in progress.

    Two variations: GX90 and GX130
    Two models are available: the low-powered CT Lab GX90, suited for observation of subjects such as resins, and the high-powered CT Lab GX130, suited for subjects more difficult to transmit X-ray beams such as metals.

    Low running cost
    The equipment operates by 100V power supply, and cooling water is unnecessary. The equipment has casters to make it easy to move within factories and warehouses. X-ray radiation safety officer is unnecessary to operate this equipment.


  • Ultra-high-speed CT scan and image reconstruction
  • High-resolution wide field-of-view measurement
  • Incorporating the “Sample-Stationary Method”
  • Low running cost

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