Access, Operation, and Use

This instrument is available for both research and educational purposes. Depending on the type of biological specimen, the average scanning time can range from 2-12 hours. When data acquisition is completed, 3D reconstructed volume will be available for analysis in minutes. Instrument usage has limited direct access; operation and maintenance of the instrument, including data acquisition, is performed by staff. Interested users must contact Sabra Djomehri (see contact info) and submit the Services Request Form which will be provided after the first correspondence.
Rates for Scanning

Task TypeRate for UCSF usersRate for UC-affiliated or other academic usersRate for non-academic/industry users

  MicroCT Scanning, mechanical testing

$23/hr

$29/hr

$150/hr

  Specimen Preparation

$23/hr

$29/hr

$150/hr

  Image processing + data analysis

$23/hr

$29/hr

$150/hr

  Scheduled meetings/consultations

$23/hr

$29/hr

$150/hr

* Rates are subject to change

* Data analysis time performed using advanced software (Amira, Avizo, etc.) by either the user or micro-CT specialist on our workstations is charged

*Data analysis performed using the micro-CT system’s software and analysis troubleshooting is also charged.



Additional sample preparation information:
Magnification2X4X10X20X40X
 Spatial Resolution (Pixel size in microns)~10.5~5.5  ~2~0.9~0.4
 Maximum attainable field of view (mm x mm)14x14  6x6  2x20.8x0.80.5x0.5
 Generic sample thickness (mm)~3-10~2-10~0.2-2~0.1-1~0.05-1
 Generic sample height (mm)~5-25~5-15~1-10~0.5-5~0.2-5

 Approximate scan time (tomography), in hours (poor - medium quality)

~2-5~1-3~3-6~5-9~8-12
 Approximate scan time (tomography), in hours (fair- best quality)~6-15~4-12~8-18~14-22~16-24

  Approximate 2D radiograph time (assuming multiple radiographs are taken), in minutes (fair-best quality)

~30-45~30-45~45-60~45-60~45-60

*Note: The above information provides a rough estimation of actual scan parameters and is highly variable depending on sample type. Troubleshooting the system for each specific sample is required.