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.
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.
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 . 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.
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.
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.
Maybe it is not as common and cheap as buying a microwave oven, but probably there are some of you who have thought about purchasing a microCT scanner, right?
Your questions: “Who are the scanner manufacturers?”, “Should I buy a scanner?”, “What scanner ?”. This post will point you towards the information you need to make up your mind.
At the end the decision whether the investment is worthwhile depends on many things. What do you want to use microCT for? How often? Do you know how to operate a scanner? Do you have the right resources? And many more….