inspeXio SMX-225CT FPD HR Micro-Focus X-Ray Computed Tomography System
For High-Resolution and High-Contrast Micro-Focus X-Ray Computed Tomography Applications

The inspeXio SMX-225CT FPD HR is a highly versatile micro-focus x-ray computed tomography system that produces high-contrast and high-resolution x-ray images for accurate internal structure analysis of materials, from aluminum die-cast parts to carbon fiber reinforced plastics.

The proprietary control and reconstruction software facilitates intuitive operation and high-throughput data analyses by automatically optimizing the scan parameters.

In addition, it is easy to load and position samples, and the high-performance computing system aids in testing many samples in a small amount of time.

Easy Sample Loading and Parameters Setting for Quick Initiation

An observation camera guides sample loading and positioning, and parameter setting is completed quickly by choosing the material and image quality. With no need for calibration, the system is initialized quickly and intuitively.

Improved Productivity

The inspeXio SMX-225CT FPD HR system’s high-performance computing system significantly reduces analysis time by running data collection and calculation in parallel. Computational processing for the newest HPC inspeXio system is approximately 50 times faster than the previous version. * *When the CT image size is 1,024 x 1,024 pixels

Clear and Detailed Images for Precise Analysis

The large and high-resolution flat panel detector achieves up to 14-megapixel input resolution. The acquired projection data can be composed of up to 4,096 matrix sizes.

Application Versatility

The inspeXio SMX-225CT FPD HR can analyze a wide variety of samples. Large samples up to 400 mm in diameter with a maximum height of 300 mm can be accommodated and, due to the 225 kV maximum penetration ability, even iron plates that are one-inch thick are penetrated. In addition, the combination of a larger detector with a wide dynamic range and a newly designed x-ray tube window results in high-contrast images of low-density materials. Furthermore, various CT scan modes aid in analysis of different-sized samples without damaging or losing magnification.


The following safety features prevent accidents.

Collision Sensor and Software Limit
A collision sensor and software limit function prevent samples from hitting the x-ray tube while positioning.

Anti-Pinch Prevention
The sliding door through which samples are loaded is heavy and generates considerable inertia when it is opened and closed. The door safety lock helps reduce the likelihood of operators accidentally pinching their fingers.

Door Interlock
Both the sliding door and the maintenance doors are equipped with interlock switches which disable x-ray generation when a door is opened.

Radiation Leakage Prevention
The shield box’s wall is composed of sandwich panels comprised of steel and lead plates which are bonded to one another and welded to a steel frame.
inspeXio SMX-225CT FPD HR Software

The user-friendly inspeXio SMX-225CT FPD HR software offers fast data processing and detailed post-analysis functions.

HPC inspeXio Version 2

Easy-to-use with live images to assist sample positioning and fast data processing, the HPC inspeXio version 2 drastically increases productivity.

Capture Window
  • Zoom in/out of live x-ray images and alter the position of points of interest.
  • Automatically optimize the display contrast and brightness based on a sample’s material.

X-Ray Controller and Safety Indicators
  • Control x-ray output and perform tube aging.
  • The safety status of the instrument is monitored, including door interlocks.

CT Stage Live View of the Sample
  • Shows the scan area of the sample.
  • Includes an automatic x-ray optimization function and a field-of-view navigation setting.

Parameter Recommendation
  • In addition to the advanced parameter settings, nine pre-set scan parameters incorporate a combination of material density and CT image quality settings, obviating the need to set each parameter individually.

Fast Reconstruction
  • Due to large data sets, CT image processing is often slow. The inspeXio SMX-225CT FPD HR system boasts a high-performance computing system which runs calculations in parallel with data collection, significantly reducing analysis time.

Multi Planar Reconstruction Software

Instant Access to Your CT Images

Shimadzu’s Multi Planar Reconstruction software reformats CT images at arbitrary planes. A CT volume dataset is built by stacking Z-axial slices. The software cuts slices through the volume in mutually orthogonal planes and allows reconstruction in non-orthogonal planes, enabling examination of samples side to side, straight up and down, and at any angles.
3D CT Scan Region Display Function

Immediately after acquiring a whole view of your sample, the 3D CT Scan Region Display function allows the user to set a new area of interest at a higher magnification based on the current field of view. The mobile CT stage is manipulated through the Multi Planar Reconstruction software. It allows the user to intuitively alter the scan area for a detailed inspection.

Optional Post Image-Processing and Analysis Software

Metal Artifact Reduction Software

The Metal Artifact Reduction Software is a reconstruction program which reduces metal artifacts in cross-sectional images. This software allows for easier and more accurate analyses in cross-sectional images. Shimadzu’s original algorithm optimizes the parameters for image reconstruction based on a sample’s material.

Image-Pro Analyzer 2D Image Analysis Software

Image-Pro Analyzer* offers extensive enhancement and measurement tools, and allows application-specific macros and plug-ins. Shimadzu’s original plug-in tools are included. *By Media Cybernetics

CT Data Analysis and Visualization Software

VGSTUDIO 3.0 and VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0* are software programs for the analysis and visualization of CT data. VGSTUDIO 3.0 offers simple geometrical measurement functions and basic 3D animation creation. The high-end software for visualization and analysis of CT data is VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0. Add-on measurement modules, including defect analysis, nominal-actual comparison, and fiber orientation analysis, are available for VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0. Pre-packaged application software bundles are also available. Finally, VGSTUDIO MAX 3.0 can import IGES and STEP files for comparison of manufactured parts. CAD import modules are available to import formats other than IGES or STEP. *By Volume Graphics GmbH
Main Unit
X-ray generator Tube type Open micro-focus tube
Max. tube voltage 225 kV
Max. output 135 W
Focal spot size 4 µm
Detector Type Flat panel
Size 16 inches
Grayscale 16-bit (65,536 gradations)
Manipulator 7-axis mouse or joystick positioner
Sample Max. size Dia x H 400 x 300 mm (16 x 12 in)
Max. weight 12 kg (26 lbs)
Max. scan area 400 x 300 mm (16 x 12 in)
CT scan Data acquisition time 10 seconds to 60 minutes
Reconstruction speed (data display time) 5 to 10 seconds after data acquisition has completed (when image size is 512 x 512 or 1,024 x 1,024 pixels)
Image size 512 x 512, 1,024 x 1,024, 2,048 x 2,048, 4,096 x 4,096 pixels
Scan modes Normal, half, offset, finite angle scans
Shield box Dimensions W x D x H 2,170 x 1,350 x 1,857 mm (86 x 53 x 73 in)
Weight 3,100 kg (6,864 lbs)
Operation voltage Main unit AC 200 V ± 10 %, 50/60 Hz, 3 kVA
Computer AC 100 V ± 10 %, 50/60 Hz, 1.5 kVA
Radiation leakage dose Max. 1 µSv/h at full power
Safety features Finger-pinch prevention, collision sensors, door interlock

Installation Space

Installation Space Diagram
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Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic (CFRTP) Laminate
Provided by Professor Keiji Ogi, Ehime University

Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP)

Aluminum Die-Cast Parts

Lithium Ion Battery

Provided by Emeritus Professor Akihiro Moriyoshi, Hokkaido University

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Whether it's a software-related inquiry or a new application, Shimadzu offers free phone support for the service life of our instrument.

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Our team of service engineers provides onsite repair and preventative maintenance services to minimize downtime and assure worry-free operation of your instrument.

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