The University of Chicago PaleoCT is a custom-built dual tube X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner from GE. It is equipped with a 180 kV nano CT tube and a high power 240 kV micro CT tube. This setup allows us to scan very small specimens with a resolution up to 0.4 um using the nano tube or dense fossils using the high power tube.
The PaleoCT scanner is located in Culver Hall, under the direction of the Luo Lab. The PaleoCT lab opened in the summer of 2014 for serving the faculty, students, researchers and staff in the Biological Sciences Division (BSD), as well as users from outside UChicago. PaleoCT is a facility under BSD Office of Shared Research Facilities (OSRF), but the account management and operational support are by Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy (OBA). Thus the account procedure for using PaleoCT may be different from procedures for other facilities of OSRF.
Each year a small number of students associated with different labs are certified to operate the PaleoCT unit in order to facilitate its use. Outside researchers interested in using the services of the PaleoCT should contact Dr. Luo for an appointment and pricing information.
Who is a good candidate for CT training?
Training sessions for using PaleoCT will be offered when enough UChicago graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff members have expressed interest. Graduate students, postdocs, or staff members are eligible if they demonstrate the need to use CT as a research tool, and are authorized by their Lab PI’s and/or their supervisors. After the training, trainees will have the responsibility to scan for other researchers in their labs, as directed by the Lab PI’s.
Training will be prioritized for those who plan to use the machine consistently for a longer period of time. Trained users who have not used the scanner in 6 months will be put on the inactive list and their accounts will be re-activated after a review session.
The purpose of limiting the user pool to a smaller number of more active and frequent users is for the safety and good maintenance of the equipment.
We warmly welcome all prospective users to contact us about their need to use our CT scanner as a research tool.