ZEISS to acquire Xradia to complement its microscopy business

Oberkochen, Germany and Pleasanton, CA, USA – June 13th, 2013 – ZEISS, the international leader in the fields of optics and optoelectronics today announced the planned acquisition of the US-based Xradia, Inc. Xradia is a medium-size company providing innovative 3D X-ray microscopes for industrial and academic research applications. The closing of the transaction is subject to the fulfillment of customary closing conditions including a required filing with the U.S. competition authorities. After closing, Xradia, Inc. will operate under the new name Carl Zeiss X-ray Microscopy, Inc.

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SCANCO Medical of Zurich Purchases Acceleware’s AxRecon Imaging Solution

24.04.2013  – Calgary, Alberta and Zürich, Switzerland – April 23, 2013 – Acceleware Ltd. (TSXV:AXE) today announced that SCANCO Medical AG, Zürich, Switzerland has agreed to acquire a perpetual, non-exclusive license for Acceleware’s AxRecon™ source code.  AxRecon is an advanced GPU solution for accelerated image reconstruction on Computed Tomography (CT) scanners. Under the license acquisition terms, SCANCO will become the exclusive provider of AxRecon to the medical imaging market. SCANCO intends to continue advancing the product and expand its availability to a wider range of CT scanners.

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Scanco Medical AG to acquire b-cube AG

10.09.2012  – Scanco Medical AG and b-cube AG are pleased to announce that the two companies have entered negotiations for Scanco Medical to acquire b-cube in mutual agreement. Scanco Medical (www.scanco.ch) is a company that specializes in the development of state-of-the-art micro-computed tomography systems and b-cube (www.b-cube.ch) is an innovative service provider focused on high-resolution imaging and 3D analysis of porous and composite structures, such as bone, biomaterials and implants. With this acquisition, the two companies expect that b-cube’s products can be further enhanced with higher efficiency and a significant increase in the market share.

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Bankruptcy Judge Approves Gamma Medica’s DIP Financing

NORTHRIDGE, CA— October 4, 2012—Judge Victoria Kaufman of the U.S.Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (San Fernando ValleyDivision) approved Gamma Medica Inc.’s $1.5 million debtor in-possession (“DIP”) financing on a final basis yesterday, as part of its Chapter 11 restructuring. This DIP financing order provides the molecular breast imaging (MBI) manufacturer with sufficient financing to pursue a reorganization or asset sale. “Gamma Medica’s LumaGEM® Molecular Breast Imaging System is already in the market and is very promising,” said recently named CEO Jim Calandra. “We also have industry leading preclinical imaging products. We plan on being sure our tools are in the hands of researchers and radiologists working in women’s imaging.”

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Bruker Announces Acquisition of SkyScan

Bruker Announces Acquisition of SkyScan, a Leading Provider of Micro-CT Systems for 3D X-Ray Imaging in Materials Research and Preclinical Studies.

Source: http://www.bruker.com/pr120402.html

ANTWERP, Belgium  –  April 2, 2012  –  Bruker Corporation today announced that it has acquired all of the shares of SkyScan N.V., a scientific instruments company located near Antwerp, Belgium.  Financial details were not disclosed.  For the remainder for 2012, the acquisition of SkyScan is expected to add approximately $13 million to Bruker’s revenue and to be accretive to EPS by about $0.01.  SkyScan’s revenue is derived approximately 50% from materials science and 50% from life science and preclinical imaging applications.

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1st International Conference on Tomography of Materials and Structures, July 1-5, 2013, Ghent

The 1st International Conference on Tomography of Materials and Structures will bring together an international group of scientists to discuss a broad range of issues related to the use of computed tomography in materials and structures and all its related topics.

The main focus of this conference will be:

  • X-ray and neutron tomography acquisition hardware, software and set-ups:
  • Advances in reconstruction algorithms:
  • 3D image analysis
  • Applications of recent advances in CT imaging

The Conference format will consist of keynote talks, oral presentations, poster presentations and demo/workshops. Abstracts should be submitted by December 17th, 2012.

Additional information can be obtained on the conference website http://www.ictms.ugent.be

The microCT world community map

Find out who’s doing what in microCT, or let the world know what you do!

There is now a dedicated microCT world community map page on the blog! Check it out to navigate through the microCT community. You’ll find scanner manufacturers, service providers, research labs, and more. Please, consider this as a living document that will take some time to be populated. If you are a professional who wants to be listed on the map, drop a comment on the dedicated page. Only companies / institutes / individuals who explicitly ask to be listed on the map will be included.

I hope you’ll find the map a useful tool and would be happy to receive any suggestion you may have.


Trabecular Thickness (Tb.Th), Trabecular Spacing (Tb.Sp), Trabecular Number (Tb.N)

This post is part of a tutorial series on morphometric indices. You may also be interested in Bone Volume Density (BV/TV) – Light Version, Choose The Right Volume Of Interest – Light Version and The surface of an object. Bone surface (BS) and specific bone surface (BS/BV) posts.

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MicroCT and QA

Over the past years, the topic of quality assurance (QA) has been a steady companion and although I might not necessarily like QA on f, there’s no doubt that thinking of negatively influencing variables of a working process is strengthening the awareness of potential issues and therefore still earns a +1 on g. Developing and implementing standard operating procedures (SOP)  is then the next step after the detailed risk assessment of a process and aims to standardize the findings of the expert, who is aware of all influencing variables and context-specific dependencies. And by fixing this approach into a written SOP, it can be ensured that the results obtained by following this procedure are consistent and don’t require the expert’s knowledge. Despite this rather short and simplified description of QA, it is probably common-sense that the benefit of eliminating (or at least consistently managing) critical issues of the process generally increases the quality of the results.

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The history of microCT

The origins

The theoretical basis of Computed Tomography (CT) finds its origins in 1917, when the Austrian mathematician Johan Radon (16 December 1887 – 25 May 1956)  proved that an n-dimensional object can be reconstructed from its (n-1)-dimensional projections [1]. However, only in the second half of the century the mathematical basis for the actual CT image reconstruction was presented in two papers by Allan M. Cormack (Feb. 23, 1924 – May 7, 1998) [2, 3] in 1964 and 1965, respectively.

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