New ZEISS OptiRecon Module Uses Advanced Iterative Reconstruction Technique

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The ZEISS OptiRecon module is embedded in Xradia Versa 500-series 3D x-ray microscopes and is built on single advanced workstation. The OptiRecon provides a combination of workflow-based user interface with efficient proprietary implementation enables reconstruction of typical dataset in about three minutes. The technology allows 3D X-ray imaging, or computed tomography for geological industry applications.

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ZEISS Delivers Tomographic Imaging with Results 4x Faster for Geologists & Geological Industries

Iterative reconstruction with ZEISS OptiRecon

The new module for the ZEISS Xradia Versa 500-series of 3D X-ray microscopes (XRM) will allow users to acquire high quality images in one-quarter the time: ZEISS OptiRecon uses a new, advanced iterative reconstruction technique. Now you can make the optimal choice for your requirements: same quality images four times faster, or superior quality in the same amount of time as standard image acquisition.

Compared to other iterative reconstruction offerings, ZEISS OptiRecon is

  • Faster
  • More-efficient
  • More user-friendly

Other implementations require a complex cluster configuration to meet the computational demands of iterative reconstruction, and require extensive user expertise. ZEISS OptiRecon, a hardware/software module built on a single advanced workstation, offers a combination of a workflow-based user interface that doesn’t require knowledge of tomographic reconstruction algorithms, and an efficient proprietary implementation that allows reconstruction of a typical dataset in about three minutes.

This technology opens the door to 3D X-ray imaging, or computed tomography, to both a wider range of geological industry applications as well as the examination of in situ processes occurring at previously inaccessible timescales.

The new paper Optimisation of image quality and acquisition time for lab-based X-ray microtomography using an iterative reconstruction algorithm (open access here), co-authored by the Department of Earth Science & Engineering at Imperial College London and a team at ZEISS Microscopy, finds that ZEISS OptiRecon has proven to be especially effective for “sparse” samples where features are large relative to voxel size. According to Dr. Branko Bijeljic, one of the co-authors, “Iterative reconstruction is a key new technology for improving our work in high resolution X-ray microscopy. It will allow us to address in situ processes occurring at considerably shorter time scales without sacrificing image quality or data segmentability.” While particularly optimized for typical geological samples, ZEISS OptiRecon also has potential applications in other areas.

ZEISS OptiRecon is the most recent step ZEISS has taken to develop the ZEISS Xradia Versa system, introduced in 2010, with both hardware and software advancements to meet and exceed our users’ needs. As always, the system is available to existing users as a field upgrade, or can be purchased as an additional capability for ZEISS Xradia 510/520 Versa 3D X-ray microscopes.

ZEISS OptiRecon for ZEISS Xradia 520 Versa

ZEISS OptiRecon for ZEISS Xradia 510 Versa

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. ZEISS develops and distributes lithography optics, measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses, binoculars and planetarium technology. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. The company is divided up into the six business groups Industrial Metrology, Microscopy, Medical Technology, Vision Care, Consumer Optics and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. ZEISS is represented in over 40 countries – with around 30 production sites, over 50 sales and service locations and about 25 research and development facilities. In fiscal year 2013/14 the company generated revenue approximating 4.3 billion euros with just under 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

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The Microscopy business group is the world's only one-stop manufacturer of light, X-ray and electron microscope systems. The portfolio includes solutions and services both for life sciences and materials research and for industry, education and clinical practice. The business group is headquartered in Jena. Additional production and development sites are located in Oberkochen, Göttingen and Munich in Germany, as well as in Cambridge in the UK, and in Peabody, MA and Pleasanton, CA in the USA. The business group employs a total of over 3,000 people. It generated revenue of 656 million euros in fiscal year 2013/14.

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