The Tyree X-Ray facility offers tomographic imaging with a large dynamic range, excellent field of view (FOV) and a very high resolution. By operating our X-ray source and high-quality flatbed detector in its helical scanning mode, we can produce tomograms with resolutions at sub-micro levels of 0.9 µm.

Our HeliScan micro-CTs measures a wide range of samples from 2-200mm (sample diameter) and up to 8kg (sample weight). 

Sample Diameter (mm) 

Resolution (Micrometer) 

0.9 

2.7 

10 

5.5 

24 

10 

34.7 

15.8 

62 

28 

90.5 

31.6 

Our X-Ray Instruments

HeliScan Micro CT -1  

The Micro CT-1 is a prototype design of the HeliScan micro-CT scanner installed in a dedicated, temperature stabilised (ΔT<0.5°C), lead-lined room. The design allows easy access to the equipment and the ability integrate complex flow experiments with the imaging system. The equipment has a GE Phoenix NanoFocus X-Ray Tube (180kV/15W with diamond windows) and high-quality flatbed detector (3,072 × 3,072 pixel, 3.75 fps readout rate). 

HeliScan Micro CT -2 

The Micro CT-2 is a commercial version of the HeliScan micro-CT (Mark 1, ThermoFisher). The equipment has a Hamamatsu X-Ray Tube (160kV/16W with diamond windows) and high-quality flatbed detector (3,072 × 3,072 pixel, 3.75 fps readout rate). 

Itrax CoreScanner 

The Itrax Corescanner is a unique multi-function scanner for core examination. It has the capability to take high resolution digital RGB images down to 50 microns and digital radiographic images down to 20 microns. Itrax also performs X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) elemental analysis down to 100 microns and magnetic susceptibility. It has a sample size limit up to 1.75 meters in length and 12 cm in diameter. It is non-destructive and performs measurement without contact to the sample surface.

Data Processing Laboratory

Our facility also has advanced and massively parallel software to process images generated from the micro-CT. We have both in-house and commercial software using Avizo. 

User Price/Access

Rates for Access to micro-CT facility, XRF Core Scanner and image analysis services:

Instrument

 Internal rates (a) *#

Institutional rate (ex-GST) (b)*#

Commercial rate (ex-GST) (c)*

Helical micro-CT 

Sample preparation  

$250, plus $40 per hour of scanning 

Sample preparation  

$250, plus $60 per hour of scanning 

Sample preparation  

$400, plus $100 per hour of scanning 

Radiograph  

(Helical micro-CT) 

$100/hour, minimum 2 hours booking 

$100/hour, minimum 2 hours booking 

$200/hour, minimum 2 hours booking 

Image analysis 

Assisted: $100/hour  

Unassisted: free 

Assisted: $100/hour  

Unassisted: free 

$200/hour 

Image visualization 

Assisted: $100/hour  

Unassisted: free 

Assisted: $100/hour  

Unassisted: free 

$200/hour 

Itrax Core Scanner 

$100/core (min cap)  

$25/hour  

$400/day 

$200/core (min cap)  

$30/hour  

$600/day 

$400/core (min cap)  

$40/hour  

$800/day 

(a) The internal rate is applicable to all UNSW account holders (including affiliated institutes), ADFA and also LIEF Partners

(b) The institutional rate is applicable to all other universities, and government institution including ANSTO, and CSIRO.

(c) The commercial rate covers all other non-government users * for bulk sample, price negotiation, advice and other imaging related issues, please contact micro-CT lab manager or staff at TyreeXray@unsw.edu.au # for research price and collaboration please contact micro-CT lab manager or staff at TyreeXray@unsw.edu.au