National Research Facility for X-ray Computed Tomography (NXCT)

NXCT brings together capability in lab-based X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) from the universities of Manchester, Southampton, Warwick, University College London and Diamond Light Source to provide new and existing users with access to world-leading 3D imaging and data analysis facilities.

Location of Facility

University of Manchester (Henry Royce Institute), University of Southampton, University of Warwick, University College London, Diamond Light Source

Capabilities and services provided

The NXCT research facility offers state-of-the-art 3D and 4D imaging capabilities to academic and industry users across the UK. NXCT provides an unparalleled combination of 3D imaging facilities and data analysis, research knowledge and technical experience to support users that have never worked with X-ray scanning before and help advanced users conduct exciting new experiments.

The NXCT Hub in Manchester is hosted by the Henry Royce Institute. In 2021, Royce will open a dedicated space on the second floor of its new Hub Building to host a Data Visualisation and Analysis Support Centre to support new users.

NXCT’s mission is to improve X-ray CT accessibility for UK researchers. To support this, a ‘Free Beamtime Access Scheme’ has been established to support research, teaching or public engagement projects that will benefit from X-ray CT imaging facilities and expertise. Please visit the Accessing Equipment page on the NXCT website to find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

NXCT welcomes enquiries from the industrial community and are keen to work together. If you are an SME you can get into touch via the NXCT website to discuss further support available.

Contact for access

Please visit to make general enquiries and apply to use NXCT equipment. NXCT can also supply information needed to support grant proposals. If you are interested in finding out more about what the NXCT can offer please visit the website and make an enquiry.

Alternatively please contact Dr Jennifer Sanders, NXCT Project Manager, at

Research Areas aligned to facility