Instrument details for Bruker Skyscan 1272 and 1172

Specifications of our MicroCT instruments.

Bruker SkyScan 1272 desktop MicroCT

Installed February 2015

  • Microfocus sealed X-ray source 20-100 kV, 10W, <5 µm spot size @4W
  • X-Ray detector: 16Mp cooled CCD camera fibre-optically coupled to a scintillator
  • Selectable camera pixels: Width 4904, 2452, 1632 or 1240
  • Image pixel size at minimum mag is 22µm and maximum mag is 0.35 µm
  • Maximum object diameter is 75mm and height of 80mm (requires multiple fields)
  • Six position integrated filter changer with the following filters: No filter, Al 0.25mm, Al 0.5mm Al 1mm Al 0.5mm + Cu 0.038mm, Cu 0.11mm
  • Micro-positioning stage allows sample centring, 5-7 mm travel
  • Radiation safety: < 1 microSv/h at 15 cm from any point of instrument surface
  • 1272 can accommodate after hours unattended operation
  • 2D and 3D time lapse for dynamic experiments possible.

SkyScan 1172 desktop MicroCT

Refurbished with new camera and X-ray source in 2015

  • Microfocus sealed X-ray source 2–100 kV, 10W, <5 µm spot size @ 4W
  • X-ray detector: 11Mp cooled CCD fibre-optically coupled to scintillator
  • Selectable camera pixels: 4000, 2000 or 1000 (width)
  • Image pixel size at minimum mag is 27µm and maximum mag is 0.5µm
  • Maximum object diameter is 50mm and height of 75mm
  • 3-Position integrated filter changer: no filter, Al 1mm, Al 0.5mm + Cu 0.08 mm
  • Radiation safety: < 1 microSv/hr at 15 cm from any point of instrument surface
  • Capable of shorter scan times than 1272 and able to scan denser samples
  • Extensively used for bone work.


High-end workstation for reconstruction, visualization, and analysis. Allows post processing of large MicroCT datasets in a much shorter time and more efficiently than a desktop computer. 


Dell Precision 7910

CPU Xeon E5-2640 at 2.5 Gh, 2x20 cores.  128 Gb ram, NVIDEA Quadro p5000 graphics card with 16Gb on board ram. SSD C drive & 6Tb of data drives. Twin monitors. 

Installed software


NRecon, Data view, CTVox, CTAn and CTVol.

3rd Party

InstaRecon, Amira, Aviso Lite, Image J, Fuji, CS6, Irfanview, Stereo Photo and Movie maker, MeshLab, Slicer.