Contact for this Instrument: 

Tim Stecko

Laboratory Scientist

Email: 
tds104@psu.edu
Phone: 
814-865-9570
EESL Manager: 

Odette Mina

Managing Director of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratories (EESL).

Email: 
oom5021@psu.edu
Phone: 
814-863-0002
A view of the interior of the CT Scanner, with a piece of wood on the pedestal for scanning.
Equipment full name: 
GE v|tome|x L300 multi-scale nano/microCT system

The GE v|tome|x system is a dual-tube system equipped with a 300kV unipolar microfocus X-ray tube, a 180kV nanofocus X-ray tube with transmission target assembly, and a GE DXR250 high-contrast digital flat panel detector. The high-energy xs|300 d unipolar 300kV, 500W X-ray tube uses a tungsten reflection target system. This X-ray tube allows CT imaging of a range of object sizes and densities at high-resolution with a maximum feature detectability of 1 mm. The xs|300 d unipolar allows for the flexibility of conducting both low energy, high-resolution scanning and higher energy scanning for larger, denser objects.

The xs|180nf 180kV, 15W nanofocus X-ray tube uses a transmission target system to achieve nanofocus with detail detectabilities in the sub-500 nm range. The xs|180nf also uses a diamond exit window that greatly enhances data quality compared to the more common beryllium windows. The nanofocus tube includes both tungsten and molybdenum target assemblies. Molydenum targets optimize the X-ray spectrum at low acceleration voltages and enhance detectability of low density, soft materials like soft biological tissue. The v|tome|x L 300 uses a high-contrast GE DXR|250|HCD 4 megapixel (2048x2048) digital flat panel detector. This detector is mounted on a track and is automatically translated laterally so that the detector field can be doubled. This so-called “virtual detector” effectively increases the available pixel field to 4096 wide by 2048 high. The increased pixel field allows a much larger projection image to be collected so that maximum resolutions for scanning increase to approximately 1/4000th the diameter of the object being scanned.

Computed tomography allows for objects to be viewed from multiple directions, thus providing a 3D array of image data. This technique offers non-destructive access to internal structures, composition and processes, where object geometry, density, porosity, component ratios (saturation and composition) and processes can be measured quantitatively.

Internal Rate: 
Instrument time: $100.00/hour, Operator time: $45.27/hour
External Academic Rate: 
Instrument time: $158.26/hour, Operator time: $71.02/hour
External Non-Academic Rate: 
Instrument time: $163.30/hour, Operator time: $73.29/hour