Micro CT Scanner Software

Neoscan software - Micro CT Scanner

Neoscan microCT systems are supplied with an in-house developed all-in-one software tool for scanner control and processing data. From acquisition of a full series of 2D projection images, reconstruction into a 3D volume, visualization and inspection of this volume in 2D and 3D, to 2D/3D image processing and numerical analysis, the software bundles all complementary steps from sample to result.

The Neoscan software package includes an intuitive user interface, which will guide you through your straightforward workflow, allowing to use it instantly. All final and intermediate results are stored in conventional file formats and can be imported to any other software.

Launch the scan

Launch the scan efficiently, simply follow the ribbon & walk through our software suite from acquisition to visualisation!

Starting from the left, establish communication with the scanner, open specimen chamber and install an object. Next, start the X-ray source with a manual or automatic selection of energies and filtering optimal for the object. Now simply launch the scan! Manually choose a file name, data location and scan settings, or scan automatically to subfolders with incremental index for studies of multiple samples using identical settings.

Reconstruction of projection data to virtual slices through the object

After completion of the scan, move on to the next tab in the ribbon for reconstruction of the projection data to virtual slices through the object. Reconstruct a single slice, multiple or all slices and save to disk for further exploring all features inside the 3D volume non-destructively.

If necessary, optimize a wide range of reconstruction parameters such as misalignment, beam hardening correction, smoothing and many more… The reconstruction procedure can merge several partial scans to a single reconstructed volume for long and wide objects and reconstruct scans of objects larger then the camera field of view. All results are saved as a set of slices in 16 bit or 8 bit TIFF, BMP, JPEG or PNG formats.

Visualizzazione delle parti interne del campione
Visualizzazione delle parti interne del campione

Visualisation of the internal parts of the objects can be done either slice-by-slice or by 3 orthogonal virtual slices crossing at any selected point in the reconstructed volume.

The integrated volume rendering creates a realistic 3D visualization of the external and internal microarchitecture of the scanned object. Define appropriate density-to-color and transparency transfer functions for materials inside the object. The illuminating option adds realistic light reflections and  scattering with full control over the light direction and color.

Virtually cut samples to reveal the internal microstructure of the object and create the movies with a flight around and inside the object in just a few clicks! Each click defines a key point in the flight trajectory.  The software will automatically interpolate all color/light / transparency parameters between the key frames including the viewing point, viewing direction, camera viewing angle, etc. The final movie will be saved as an efficiently compressed MP4 file.

Image processing
Image processing and Image analysis in 2D and 3D

The Processing  page offers a wide range of options for image processing and Image analysis working in 2D and 3D space. Reconstructed results can be improved by denoising, smoothing or sharpening. The Fiber Orientation analyzes the angular orientation in every point of every fiber without the need for image binarization and creates a color-coded representation of orientations to use for 3D volume rendering.

Reconstructed slices can be segmented to binary image for following morphological analysis of pores or particles. A Volume of interest can be flexible and intuitively designed by means of elliptical, rectangular, hand-drawn shapes or a combination thereof and defined in several virtual slices. The software will automatically interpolate all selected shapes to intermediate slices. A variety of morphological operations, such as erosion, dilation, despeckling, keeping the largest object, and others, will help you to extract the exact binary structure to be analyzed.

Numerical data and Reports
Obtaining numerical data from an object’s morphology

GPU-accelerated 2D/3D image analysis allows obtaining numerical data from an object’s morphology. In any single slice it can calculate area / perimeter / size / roundness of all objects. The results are combined into a color-coded histogram and into a report of total and average values, such as porosity, total and average area and perimeter of objects and others. 3D Analysis results can be saved to text files and as pictures of calculated color-coded distributions. Local size of the object(s) is calculated by inflating spherical probes in every object’s point. 3D morphological analysis creates a color-coded volume according to the object’s calculated numerical values. This color-coded volume can be combined together with the object’s morphology in the volume rendering.

Batch processing allows applying any combination of image correction operations, morphological functions and 3D image analysis subroutines to multiple datasets. The software also includes possibility for surface rendering with the creation of 3D models saved in STL-format suitable for 3D printers and third-party software.