X-ray on tour!#
2020 marks the 125th anniversary of the discovery of X-rays. In addition, the person that discovered them, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, would have celebrated his 175th birthday in 2020, the Year of the X-ray. In honor of these milestones, Fraunhofer EZRT is sending out its »X-ray on Wheels« on a tour of Germany. The goal is to promote knowledge and understanding of the huge importance of this discovery and to make this available to museums in particular.
Digitalization of European cultural heritage is both a daunting challenge and an unprecedented opportunity to uncover forgotten, unrecognized and previously inaccessible sources of knowledge. By virtue of a mobile X-ray computed tomography machine, we can render the invisible visible and contribute to the virtual capture and recording of historically significant objects in collections and museums.
The »X-ray on Wheels« is a full-featured mobile X-ray laboratory on four wheels. Working with a maximum voltage of 90 kV, the »CTportable160.90« X-ray system is capable of scanning objects that are relatively easy to irradiate with a height of up to 200 mm and a diameter of up to 70 mm in three dimensions at a resolution in the micrometer range.
For the investigation of larger objects, the world’s largest machine park of its kind is available at the Fraunhofer Development Center X-ray Technology in Fürth.