Geological Applications

X‑ray CT (computed tomography) is a non-destructive 3D imaging technique. It is often used to study rocks and fossils. X‑ray CT analysis results can help analyze phase fraction of rocks, porosity or pore network in sandstones, oil and water distribution in drill cores, and support paleontology by analyzing fossils quickly and non-destructively.

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What can be analyzed?

X-ray CT can be used for:

  • Rock phase fraction analysis
  • Porosity and pore size distribution analysis
  • Grain size distribution analysis
  • Pore network analysis
  • Permeability calculations and simulations
  • Fossil imaging

Learning resources

To learn more about CT data analysis for geological samples:

To learn more about X‑ray micro-CT:

Geological application examples

Explore application examples to see if X-ray CT can help you with your research or production challenges.

What is micro-CT?

How does it work? How much does it cost? Do I need It? What are the common problems?
To learn everything you need to know about micro-CT, you can start here: What is micro-CT?

Recommended product

Rigaku's CT scanner for geological sample analyses

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Recommended for geological sample imaging that requires flexibility in sample size and resolution

CT Lab HX130 1200w

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