How X-Ray Microscopy Works & How We Save You Time & Money
3D X-ray imaging provides labs with the quantitative tools necessary for a wide range of research. Our lease program can source all instrument types and accommodate any brand preferences you might have. See how leasing an X-ray microscope can benefit you and your laboratory.
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The Benefits of Excedr’s X-Ray Microscope Leasing Program:
- Eliminates the upfront cost of purchasing equipment by spreading its cost over time
- Minimizes equipment downtime with included complete repair coverage and preventive maintenance
- Takes advantage of potentially 100% tax deductible* payments, providing you significant cash-savings
- Expedites the administrative work needed for instrument procurement and logistics
- Conserves working capital, enabling you to reinvest in your core business and operations (staffing, inventory, marketing/sales, etc.)
- Accommodates all manufacturer and model preferences
*Please consult your tax advisor to determine the full tax implications of leasing equipment.
X-rays, which are similar to visible light, are beneficial for creating an image of the internal structures of an object. This is because X-rays have higher energy.
X-ray tomography is perhaps the most well-known imaging technique that employs X-rays. However, this form of electromagnetic radiation isn’t exclusive to CT scanners and the medical imaging world. X-rays are also indispensable in the life sciences industry.
First, let’s review the basics. X-rays are defined as having wavelengths of 0.01 to 10 nanometers (nm). Depending on their wavelengths, they are further subdivided into soft and hard X-rays. Hard X-rays have high energy and relatively longer wavelengths of around 0.2 to 0.1 nm, while soft X-rays have lower energy and longer wavelengths of approximately 10 nm.
The shorter wavelengths and higher energy properties hard X-rays exhibit mean they are excellent at penetrating deep inside of solid objects, making them useful for applications such as medical radiography.
On the other hand, soft X-rays are more suitable for applications such as X-ray crystallography, which requires minimal radiation exposure. Soft X-rays are excellent for gathering the molecular and atomic structure of a crystal (i.e., a biological specimen or protein that’s been crystallized).
Furthermore, soft X-ray microscopy has been used to bridge the gap between optical microscopy and electron microscopy. It is often performed at cryogenic temperatures.
X-ray microscopy, specifically, uses electromagnetic radiation found in soft X-rays to produce magnified images of objects that would otherwise be invisible to the human eye.
First, the object is shot with an X-ray beam, and the soft X-ray photons strike the sample. Because X-rays do not reflect or refract, a charged coupled device detector (CCD) or exposed film must be used to pick up the X-rays as they pass through the sample. Then, the collected X-rays are analyzed, and a magnified image is produced.
A significant advantage that X-ray microscopes have over conventional microscopes is that, due to the penetrative properties of X-rays, biological samples can be imaged with minimal preparation and in their natural state.
Additionally, due to their wavelengths being shorter than visible light, X-ray microscopes have higher spatial resolution compared to normal optical microscopes. Magnification is also comparable.
X-Ray Microscopy Methods, Techniques, & Costs
Microscopic techniques, such as optical, confocal, and electron microscopy, provide important information regarding the surface or near-surface of a sample. However, internal information from the sample is often required as well. X-ray microscopy is capable of doing just that. It’s what makes it such an invaluable technique and tool in the lab.
While researchers have conventionally had to rely on invasive procedures to obtain internal structural information, X-ray microscopy provides a non-invasive alternative. This feature makes X-ray microscopy critical in several fields of study, including cell biology, medicine, and materials science.
Below we cover the main components, types, and techniques of X-ray microscopes and microscopy.
X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)
3D X-Ray (XRM)
Scanning Transmission X-ray (STXM)
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
3D X-Ray Microscope Leases to Fit Every Need
However, purchasing an X-ray microscope outright can potentially hamstring your budget, leaving your research negatively impacted.
Nonetheless, with critical work and milestones on the line, you need to access the necessary equipment to get the job done. Avoid the upfront costs associated with purchasing and consider leasing instead.
Our program is designed to alleviate the burdens of equipment procurement and allow labs of all sizes to access the technology they need without affecting operations negatively.
Whatever type of X-ray system you’re interested in, be it X-Ray spectrometers or microscopes, we have you covered. If you have an instrument quote from a manufacturer, feel free to request a lease estimate below. We’ll create customized lease terms just for you. Alternatively, if you’d just like to discuss your financing options in further detail, get in touch with us above!
This off-balance sheet financing structure provides three options at the end of the term. The lessee has the option to return the equipment to the lessor, renew at a discounted rate, or purchase the instrument for the fair market value. Monthly payments are also 100% tax deductible which yields additional monetary savings.
If you recently bought equipment, Excedr can offer you cash for your device and convert your purchase into a long-term rental. This is called a sale leaseback. If you’ve paid for equipment within the last ninety days, we can help you recoup your investment and allow you to make low monthly payments. This also frees up money in your budget rather than tying it down to a fixed asset.