About Us

Experts in advanced 3D Imaging

The μ-VIS X-Ray Imaging Centre is University of Southampton’s dedicated centre for CT and founding partner of the National Research Facility for lab-based X-ray CT (NXCT). The centre combines state-of-the-art equipment and 25 years of experience, plus the expertise of 40+ academic staff from across the University, offering a unique integrated resource for advanced 3D imaging.

Our services

What we Do

Microtomographic Volume Imaging

We are experts in
computed tomography providing complete support for 3D imaging science

Image analysis & data extraction

We utilise advanced skills, knowledge and expertise to generate and analyse complex 3D datasets

Consultancy service & project support

We support research and RTD projects in a variety of disciplines offering expert advice throughout a projects duration

Our services

Capabilities & Applications

Uniquely flexible, multi-scale high-energy μCT

‘walk in’ custom-build bays equipped with multiple sources and detectors; designed for versatility and large-scale imaging

Scatter compensation

single-slice and volume scatter-free imaging modes for stunning image sharpness and contrast of dense structure

High resolution

sub-μm spatial resolution and phase-enhanced constrast capability


time-resolved ex situ and in situ μCT imaging of deformation and/or failure mechanisms within samples

in situ testing

number of in situ rigs (incl. load, environment, and flow control) that can be mounted within lab-CT and SR-CT system


25 years of experience at worldwide synchrotron facilities

X-Ray videography

real-time X-Ray imaging for functionality inspection

Panel-shift radiography

horizontal and vertical field of view expansion resulting in up to ~ 9,000 x 10,000 pixels (c. 1.6 x 2.0 m) detector si

Non-conventional CT

incl. phase-enhanced contrast CT phase-retrieval tomography, laminography and limited angle

Data processing & analysis

access to high-performance workstations with multiple 3D image analysis software packages

Our approach

How we support your project

We specifically aim to provide a holistic approach to advanced 3D (volume) imaging, supporting all steps from hypothesis formation and experimental design, through to verified, publishable conclusions.

Step 1
Step 1

Hypothesis formation

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Step 2

Experimental design

Step 3
Step 3

Publishable results

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