Author Archives: Enrico

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 ( is a company that specializes in the development of state-of-the-art micro-computed tomography systems and b-cube ( 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.


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

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.


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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The costs of a microCT scan

MicroCT is a very powerful technology, though it does not come for free.

When running a project, either in academic or industry settings, we are always faced with budget restrictions. The challenge is getting the most out of the money we invest.

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PerkinElmer Completes Acquisition of Caliper Life Sciences

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, today announced that the Company has completed its acquisition of Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP), a Hopkinton, Massachusetts-based leader in imaging and detection solutions for life sciences research, diagnostics and environmental markets. In September, PerkinElmer announced its intent to acquire Caliper for $10.50 per share, for a total net purchase price of approximately $600 million in cash.

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Bone volume density (BV/TV) – Light version

The usual suspects

Episode 1

BV/TV, Tb.Th., Tb.Sp. and the other usual suspects: what do they really mean?

If you are asking yourself this question, you should definitely read this! Coming soon in the same series: Trabecular Thickness (Tb.Th) and Trabecular Spacing (Tb.Sp), Bone surface density (BS/TV), Structure Model Index (SMI), Connectivity Density (Conn. D), and others. The “Light version” series is intended to those who are just approaching the field, or to those who are looking for a simple way to explain these concepts to others. If you are a professional, please insert your comments to help us making this post more complete and interesting.

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