XCT: STANDARD X-RAY CT SYSTEM
The Geotek XCT system acquires both 2D X-ray transmission images and 3D X-ray CT volumes from lined whole core, split core, or slabbed core sections. Automated rotation of lined core sections allows users to visualise and record three-dimensional structures within the cores. These rotational images are used for computed tomographic (CT) reconstructions. X-ray CT imaging provides valuable quantitative data as well as information about core quality for sub-sampling or further analyses.
- X-ray system that is affordable, practical and built specifically for geological applications
- Small footprint cabinet-based X-ray system with optional CT capability that can be installed into a containerised lab
- Full-width 2D core radiography and 3D CT for whole and split cores, with adjustable geometry to optimise resolution for small and large core samples
- Simple user interface to enable geoscientists or laboratory technicians to quickly and easily set-up and acquire the best quality data
- Fast (<5 mins per m) multi-angle 2D radiographs to quickly visualise 3D features and select appropriate angle for core splitting
- Economical and long life sealed 130 kv X-ray source for excellent reliability and low running costs
X-ray CT without a shielded room! The system is fully shielded and enclosed, compliant with USA & EU regulations, allowing it to be used in any normal laboratory environment. Warning lights indicate when the system is energised, and safety interlocks ensure that the X-ray source cannot be energised whenever doors are opened.
Data are acquired in a continuous motion from the 16-bit detector and are output to the user as 16-bit grayscale TIFF images with a typical resolution of between 30 and 150 microns; these images can easily be converted, using Geotek software, to JPEG or other formats
AUTOMATION OR INTERACTION
Once the core is loaded, scanning of the core (both linear and rotational scans) is fully automatic. The user simply enters all the image views required into a queue. Alternatively, the user may manipulate the core under the X-ray beam, using linear and rotational controls, while examining images on a real-time display before deciding which images to acquire.
HIGH RESOLUTION 3D X-RAY CT
There are many image analysis and core volume studies that will require a full 3D volume. The XCT is capable of acquiring 3D X-ray CT volumes at the resolution ranges mentioned in the table above. As part of the CT package Geotek provides software to reconstruct and view the core slices, generate orthogonal and circumferential images, and generate movies that fly through the core. The CT data from the Geotek system are exported as stacked 16-bit tiff files that can be loaded into the majority of CT viewing and image analysis packages.
3D FROM 2D: GEOTEK’S LAMINOGRAPHY TECHNOLOGY
Geotek has developed a new image analysis feature called laminography. Laminography reconstructs 2D scans to extract a sequence of ‘slabs’ at increasing depths cross-core (with the depth direction being along the source-to-detector axis). This is akin to optical imaging where features within each slab are brought into focus, with other features being blurred out as you move through the ‘slabs’. Each slab will be associated with a depth and therefore it will be possible to ascertain the depth and size of gravels, IRDs or shells within the core. See our Geoscience Research Application Page for more information.
- X-ray source: 65 W Thermo Kevex Microfocus
- Voltage Range: 45 kV to 130 kV
- X-ray Spot Size Range: 50 um to 100 um
- Detector: 1920 x 1536 pixel flat panel detector
- Image Resolution Range: 40 um to 300 um
- Size: 4950 mm x 620 mm x 1980 mm (L x W x H)
- Weight: c. 1500 kg
- Utilities: 100 v to 240 v, single phase, 50-60 hz
- Cooling: None
- Cores Dimensions: Diameter – 5 cm to 15 cm, Length – up to 1.5 m in length
- Output: 16-bit Tiffs for 2D deliverables and 16-bit Tiff stack with automated report generation for CT deliverables
- Core Loading: Bluetooth-controlled Push-Me-Pull-You motorised arms
- Rotation accuracy: 0.002 degrees
- Rotation Method: Horizontal core rotation
- CT Reconstruction: Cone beam with volume stitching