The Centre for X-ray Tomography (UGCT) is the UGent Expertise Centre and core facility performing research on and with the X-ray micro-CT technique, and founding father of the HyCT consortium. UGCT also acts as a user facility that offers the use of X-ray CT to researchers of many scientific domains in their research. It was founded in 2006 and is one of the few CT centers in the world that cover the complete CT workflow: physics and instrumentation, data reconstruction and data analysis.
The UGCT is operated by a multi-disciplinary team and is currently an interfactultary collaboration between 3 research groups: the Radiation Physics group, the Pore-Scale Processes in Geomaterials Research group and the Laboratory for Wood technology.
UGCT performs research on laboratory based very high-resolution X-ray tomography and its applications, covering the complete imaging chain. This includes CT scanner development, simulation of the imaging chain, the study of novel imaging techniques, developing tomographic reconstruction methods (including iterative reconstruction techniques and GPU-based code) and 3D image analysis methods. The developed hardware and methodology are being used within UGCT for geological and wood technology research.
As a user facility, UGCT offers external research groups and companies access to its unique combination of state-of-the-art in-house developed high-resolution X-ray CT systems and its CT expertise. The flexibility of the systems and the knowledge of the researchers involved allows to perform challenging experiments in various research fields, continuously pushing the limits of what is currently possible with CT.
Curious about what they can do? Visist their website and have a look at some examples of CT-scans.