Analysis Software

Rigaku X‑ray CT scanners are compatible with most software tools for image processing, segmentation, and quantitative and dimensional analyses using X‑ray CT.

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Recommended software

Rigaku CT scanners work with various visualization and analysis software packages. Here are some recommended commercial and free software tools.


Commercial Dragonfly VG STUDIO digiM I2S AVIZO GeoDict
Manufacturer Object Research Systems Volume Graphics (a company of Hexagon) digiM Solution LLC Thermo Fisher Math2Market

An excellent solution for materials and life science with an easy-to-use deep learning segmentation module.

Free licenses are available for non-profit organizations.

The de-facto industry standard of CT metrology (GD&T and general dimensional analysis).

PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) have tested and verified their algorithms.

A completely cloud-based solution with data storage and data management service.

Applied to various simulation studies in the pharmaceutical industry.

Object-oriented architecture for complex operations and flexibility.

Can be configured to cover a wide range of needs from materials science, metrology, and simulations.

Extended collection of simulation modules for filtration, digital rock, batteries, etc.


Open-source Fiji (ImageJ) 3D Slicer Tomviz


A project of Wayne Rasband, with the help of many contributors. It was initially developed in 1997 as a cross-platform version of NIH Image.


Slicer Community


Founded by Marcus D. Hanwell and Utkarsh Ayachit at Kitware, Inc.David A. Muller at Cornell University, and Robert Hovden at the University of Michigan under DOE Office of Science contract DE-SC0011385.


ImageJ citating guide 


ImageJ forum

Slicer forum



Free and no high-end computer is required. A large user community.

Free and reasonable 3D rendering and segmentation are available.

Free and good 3D rendering and segmentation are available.

How do I choose the right software?

We use Dragonfly, VG STUDIO, GeoDict, and digiM I2S, and recommend them depending on your CT analysis needs.

Dragonfly is a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-use yet very powerful software. It is our number one recommendation for materials and life science CT data analysis. Its segmentation wizard makes deep learning image segmentation accessible to beginners and often eliminates the headache associated with difficult image segmentation. You can use it for most materials science and life science applications, such as analyses of phase volume ratio, grain size distribution, fiber orientation, porosity, pore network, coating thickness, etc. They also offer a free non-commercial license.

VG STUDIO is the de facto industry standard for metrology applications, such as geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) analysis or nominal (CAD) versus actual (CT) comparison. Their algorithms have been tested and verified by PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). They also have comprehensive automation packages for process control.

GeoDict is one of the most advanced simulation tools for permeability calculation, airflow simulation, etc.

One thing to keep in mind is that all these tools require a high-end workstation to run properly. If you don't have a compatible computer yet, consider contacting us or the software manufacturer and ask for an online demonstration to start with.

If you don't want to deal with the maintenance of expensive computers and prefer an entirely cloud-based solution, DigiM I2S (DigiM Solution) offers that. DigiM also offers data storage and management services. If you anticipate collecting tens and hundreds of TB data, their data storage service might come in handy.

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