Footprints of a Czech research centre in Japanese technological development of X-ray computed tomography

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic situation, CT Lab at CEITEC Brno University of Technology has continued to play an important role in the development of the CT technology of Rigaku Corporation –  a Japanese manufacturer and distributor of scientific, analytical and industrial instrumentation specializing in X-ray-related technologies. The story of CT Lab in Japan started in 2014 when this laboratory purchased a unique nano-CT device (Nano3DX) and became Rigaku’s application laboratory for Europe, presenting the possibilities of Rigaku’s nano-CT technology. Till today CT Lab has conducted over 50 demo-measurements for more than 15 of Rigaku’s potential customers from various industrial and scientific fields.
Over recent years the scope of the collaboration has evolved, and CT Lab has been engaged in the development of Rigaku’s CT-related technology. For this purpose, CT Lab now operates a dedicated team of PhD students and young researchers that are pushing the limits of current CT technology by developing advanced tomographic techniques and software solutions. Moreover, since 2017, Rigaku Corporation has supported the mobility of the CT Lab team by financing study internships in their research facility located in Tokyo.
This strong and successful research collaboration has resulted in 6 common research projects over the years, whose results have been already presented in 5 scientific papers and conference contributions. Rigaku’s mobility grant has enabled 4 internship stays, supporting the education of Czech students in Japan and strengthening the research collaboration between the Czech Republic and Japan.
CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology) is a young and dynamic scientific research centre specialising in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and nanotechnologies. The centre aims to engage in scientific discovery on a global level by providing researchers with the latest equipment and cutting-edge laboratory facilities on an open access basis.