In May, demissionary Secretary of State of the Netherlands Sander Dekker opened the ‘FleX-ray Lab’ at CWI. With the new state-of-the-art CT scanner of this lab, it will be for the first time possible to look inside objects in 3D during the scanning process, and to adjust or zoom in while scanning.

Thanks to realtime data processing and adjustment the scanner is able to retrieve more useful information from the scans – faster, with less harmful X-ray dose and in colour – than with current technologies. The new techniques can be used for medical imaging, quality control in the food industry and, for instance, for the restauration of antique masterpieces. The scanner has been developed in collaboration with X Ray Engineering (a spin-off of Ghent University), research institute Nikhef and its spin-off ASI. The lab is supervised by Joost Batenburg, group leader of the Computational Imaging group at CWI, internationally leading in the area of new mathematical image reconstruction techniques. CWI will make the research data and realtime software available as open source. See:

Opening Flex Raylab
The opening of the FleX-ray Lab. F.l.t.r: Denis van Loo (XRE), Sophia Coban (CWI), Hans Roeland Poolman (ASI), Secretary of State Sander Dekker, Joost Batenburg (CWI), Els Koffeman (Nikhef), Jos Baeten (CWI), and Peter van Laarhoven (CWI).

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