X-ray micro CT Imaging

What is Micro CT?

Micro CT, also known as micro CT, high resolution CT, x-ray micro CT, or microtomography, is a nondestructive method of inspection for internal and external analysis of solid subjects, based on radiographic testing techniques. Similar to the medical concept of computed axial tomography (CAT) scan, micro CT captures 2D x-ray images which are re-constructed to develop a 3D model, using a specialized software.

Micro Computed Tomography is a testing technique, providing users with extremely high resolution with exceptional internal detail. Conventional Computed Tomography differs from micro tomography, as micro CT can provide results with a much higher resolution or voxel size, providing improved detectability and exceptional accuracy. This is because of the use of micro focus x-ray energy source.

Our capabilities

I&D Tools offers 3D imaging with a high resolution insight into 3D structures within materials. Specimens ranging from sub-mm to several cm in size can be imaged, with resolutions from sub-micron to tens of microns. The application areas range from materials science and electronics, through medicine and biology to geology and archaeology.

Our high performance micro CT scanner is available for research. The large format 11 megapixel x-ray camera gives an unrivalled combination of resolution, image field size and scan speed. The image field width up to 150 mm allows a sample scanning at pixel sizes of 9, 18 and 35µm. Variable x-ray applied voltage and filters provide scanning flexibility to allow imaging of a wide range of samples.

We offer a number services based on X-ray microCT imaging.

  • 3D shape analysis
  • Porosity analysis
  • Powder mixture analysis
  • Seam / seal integrity analysis
  • Crack analysis
  • Impurity characterization

Our process


Contact us with your objective, material, size, and quantity of parts to inspect.


Our experienced staff will work with you perform a free feasibility study and finalize a quote.


Ship parts to our facility via your preferred courier either ground or next day air.


We perform the scanning, analysis, and relay the results to you in a predetermined format.

All service and equipment use are charged on an hourly basis. Typically imaging time for one volume of interest varies between 1 to 3 hours. Lower resolution scans (several microns resolution) are typically at the faster end of the scale. If you are imaging multiple samples, please contact us to get a test scan and an accurate estimation of the cost based on suitably optimized imaging parameters.

To begin, contact us to receive a formal quote in as little as 24 hours.

What is the timing for projects?
Our typical timing for projects is 5-10 business days. For projects of high volumes or detailed requirements, our timing increases. For projects requiring expedited or 24 hour turn around, we do offer this service for a premium charge.

What is the accuracy of the CT scan results?
The scan accuracy varies widely from the machine being used, type of detector, resolution of the detector, type of part, and size of part. For projects requiring micron level accuracies, very detailed scan calibration is required. During the quoting phase, scan accuracy can be provided to the customer prior to any CT scanning.

What is the resolution of the CT scan?
The scan resolution varies widely from the machine being used, resolution of the detector, spot size of the source, and size of scanning window. However, as a guideline, scan resolution ranges between 1 micron to 400 microns. During the quoting phase, scan resolution can be provided to the customer prior to any scanning.

Are your systems calibrated?
Yes. Every industrial CT scanning system is calibrated on a regular basis for mechanical movement. Due to the number of processing parameters associated with Industrial CT, every scan is also calibrated to ensure the highest accuracy for every project. In addition to calibration we also offer secondary scan validation using our 3D Scanning equipment. To review our 3D scanning capabilities, click here

How are the parts fixtured during the CT scan?
Since parts are scanned in a Free State environment and physical reference planes are not needed for the scan itself, most fixturing is performed with low density material. For multiple parts requiring a highly repeatable setup, robust tooling fixtures or 3d printed fixtures are developed on a case by case basis.

Can multiple parts be CT scanned at the same time?
Yes. Depending on the customer’s objective and the resolution required to effectively image out the results, Jesse Garant Metrology Center always attempts to scan multiple parts at once to reduce the overall cost of the project.

How long does a CT scan take?
The average scan times for our cone beam systems can typically take 15 minutes to 2 hours. The average scan time for our line beam systems typically range from 2 to 20 hours.

In what file format are the initial results captured?

How large are the CT scan dataset files?
CT datasets typically range from 500MB to 80GB in size.

Can you CT scan a part while it’s in motion?
No. Every part within the scan must remain static or non-moving for the entire length of the scan.

Can you CT scan a part hot or cold?
Yes. Custom CT scanning processes and fixtures can be developed between the customer and our analysts to obtain a desired environmental temperature.

Does the scan leave residual radiation in the part?

Does the part heat up?

Are Industrial CT scanning systems portable?
No. Our industrial CT systems are not portable due to their size and weight. Weights range from 600 – 2,000,000 lbs

Do you sell industrial CT scanning systems?
No. We are strictly a part inspection service company specializing in non-destructive testing.