Imaging Centre for Life Sciences

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Imaging Centre for Life Sciences

The Imaging Centre for Life Sciences conducts cutting edge scientific research across a broad spectrum of disciplines including palaeonotology, materials science, architecture, forensic science, biomedicine, space science, and archaeology. It also provides imaging services to business partners and other external users.

Located in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, the Imaging Centre for Life Sciences houses a microtomography imaging facility with application to teaching, research and business. The Centre is home to a state-of-the-art Diondo d1 X-ray computed tomographic scanner that can quantify materials over a range of spatial resolution from ~5-150 micrometers (see below for precise specifications).

X-ray computed tomography is a non-destructive imaging technique that allows the visualization of the external and internal structure of objects. Through the creation of a series of radiographs a 3D volume of the scan is created which can then be visualized in order to examine parts of the object that differ in their density (or the degree to which they attenuate X-rays). Applications include but are not limited to anatomy and medicine, bone biology, forensic science, food technology, engineering, electronics, and geosciences.


The Diondo d1 can scan objects with a spatial resolution up to ~5-150 micrometres depending on the size of the sample, with a scan volume up to 400 x 400mm and weighing up to 20kg.

Furthermore, our Artec Spider surface scanner is a photogrammetry based system that can be used to capture detail surface morphology of small and medium sized objects.

Our technical staff can help you create a variety of visualization and digital objects suitable for analysis and 3D printing.

Services and Fees

We offer 3D visualization and analysis services to researchers and companies at the following rates:

  • Technician = £50/hour (this includes the set-up of CT scans, any necessary post-processing activities, and photogrammetry)
  • CT scan time = £50-100/hour

These prices are estimations, and may be subject to change – please contact us to discuss your scanning needs!


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Imaging Centre for Life Sciences
School of Anthropology and Conservation
Marlowe Building
University of Kent