X-ray Computed Tomography Facility

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Image courtesy of NSI, Inc.

Featuring the largest CT scanner on campus, the Computed Tomography Facility (CTF) provides access to an NSI X5000 scanning system, a powerful instrument used for visualizing internal components of solid objects. This interdisciplinary tool offers researchers a method of non-destructive testing and is widely utilized by engineers, biologists, anthropologists, earth scientists and others. Depending on your needs, the CT scanner offers:

  • 2D X-ray images
  • 3D computed tomography models
  • Digital information on geometry and density

The computed tomography facility is located in More Hall, Room 31.


Below are suggested uses for the CTF. Note that for simple 3D models, other instrumentation may be more appropriate.

  • Electronics
  • Biology
  • Castings/manufacturing
  • 3-D printed components (additive manufacturing)
  • Medical devices
  • Aerospace

Industry Use

The CTF is available to other universities, government agencies, private companies and the general scientific community. Scans are performed by trained engineers. The scanner operates as a cost center, which charges an hourly fee for use. If interested, please contact one of the four engineers below, depending on specialization needed:

Hourly Use Rates


Internal (UW budget #)


Setup & scan


$375/hour (includes staff time)



Training & staff time

$38/hour (add’l to service rate)

Post-processing (VGStudio)


The posted rates are effective August 1, 2017. All active users will receive notification when periodic rate changes occur. 

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