MARS Spectral CT Scanner

The MARS spectral CT scanner is a highly novel instrument that generates multi-energy images with high spatial resolution and low noise using single photon counting capabilities. Functional imaging simultaneously identifies and quantifies various components of soft tissues, bones, tumors, regenerated tissues, cartilage as well as exogenously administered contrast agents, nanoparticles and pharmaceuticals in a single scan thereby offering x-ray imaging at histology levels. The state-of-the-art X-ray based imaging technology enables contrast of soft tissues and materials.

The scanner utilizes advanced computational resources, including redundant file servers and compute nodes, for data management and fast image reconstruction, as well as multiple data workstations with specialized software for global analysis of the multi-energy images.

For rates, please contact BioImaging Core Director Scott A. McCallum, Ph.D. BioImaging and NMR Research Core Director, by calling (518) 276-2856 or via

Manufacturer: Mars Bioimaging
Equipment Rates & Fees
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Rates coming soon.

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Personnel Time$70$115$230$207

Valid through July 31, 2024. Rates are hourly unless specified otherwise and are subject to change without further notice.

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