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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

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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The surface of an object. Bone surface (BS) and specific bone surface (BS/BV)

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

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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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PerkinElmer to Acquire Caliper Life Sciences for Approximately $600 Million

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 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP), a Hopkinton, Massachusetts-based leader in imaging and detection solutions for life sciences research, diagnostics and environmental markets, for $10.50 per share, for a total net purchase price of approximately $600 million in cash.

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