Xradia Ultra Upgrades
Service & Support

Xradia Ultra Upgrades

For an Increased Life Time
and Extended Functionality


Upgrade Your Microscope with Additional Sample Holders for Different Types of Samples

Sample Holder

Securely Mount a Broad Range of Sample Sizes and Types

ZEISS sample holders are designed with kinematic principles in mind for accurate and repeatable placement on the sample stage. Each design offers unique gripping techniques to accommodate your sample properly for imaging. In addition, the designs are proven for X-ray imaging stability.


  • Support a wide variety of sample materials and shapes
  • Stable mechanical and thermal mounting techniques
  • Easy sample exchange

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Analysis & Software

Enhance the User Experience and the Depths of Your Analysis Workflow Using Advanced Hardware and Computational Software Available through ZEISS

Analysis Workstation

Configured and Proven for Visualization and Computational Performance

In order to maintain instrument uptime for imaging, many prefer streamlining their workflow via a secondary analysis workstation. The secondary workstation supports additional studies optimizing reconstruction, navigating and visualizing datasets, and post-processing results.


  • Maximize imaging uptime
  • Improve results throughput
  • Supports advanced visualization and analysis software packages
  • Extends data storage reliably

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ORS Dragonfly Pro

Easy to Use, Advanced Analysis and Visualization Software Solution

Available exclusively through ZEISS, ORS Dragonfly Pro offers an intuitive, complete, and customizable toolkit for visualization and analysis of large 3D grayscale data. Dragonfly Pro allows for navigation, annotation, creation of media files, including video production, of your 3D data. Perform image processing, segmentation and object analysis to quantify your results.


  • High definition graphics rendering
  • Create rich 3D videos
  • Object analysis
  • Machine learning segmentation
  • Macro recording for repetitive workflows
  • Python customization software packages

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In Situ Upgrades

Leverage the Non-destructive Nature of 3D X-Ray Imaging to Study How Micro- And Nanostructure Evolves under Changing External Conditions

Xradia Ultra Load Stage

In Situ Nanomechanical Test Stage for 3D X-ray Imaging

Xradia Ultra Load Stage uniquely enables In Situ nanomechanical testing - compression, tension, indentation - with non-destructive 3D imaging. Study the evolution of interior structures in 3D, under load, down to 50 nm resolution. Understand how deformation events and failure relate to local nanoscale features. Complement existing mechanical testing methods to gain insight into behavior across multiple length scales.


  • Add In Situ nanomechanical testing capabilities to your microscope
  • Acquire 3D tomograms of your sample under load (resolution down to 50 nm)
  • Perform a variety of nanomechanical tests
  • Study a wide range of materials
  • Complement your mechanical test results from electron microscopy, microCT and stand-alone test set-ups

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Modules & Components

Extend the Capabilities of Your System with Add-Ons and Modules

Zernike Phase Contrast

Visualize Low Density Materials and Highlight Cracks and Interfaces

Phase contrast imaging utilizes the refraction of X-rays rather than absorption. It is very sensitive to interfaces between materials of similar density or low absorption (edge enhancement). The Xradia Ultra family enables you to employ the Zernike method for phase contrast, whereby the sample is illuminated by an annular beam and a phase ring is inserted in the beam path after the objective. The phase ring shifts the phase of the background light relative to the light scattered by the specimen. The interference of the two beams in the detector plane turns phase shifts into intensity variations.


  • Image samples consisting of low density materials that don’t absorb X-rays measurably
  • Highlight fine cracks and interfaces in your specimen
  • The combination of absorption and phase contrast enables imaging the widest range of materials from polymers and biomaterials to ceramics, composites and rocks to metals

System Upgrades

Increase Your Instrument Performance and Capabilities by Upgrading to the Next Model

Xradia 800 Ultra to Xradia 810 Ultra

Increase Imaging Throughput by up to 10 Times

In XRM, contrast depends on the material being imaged and the X-ray energy used. The Xradia Ultra family comprises Xradia 800 Ultra, operating at 8 keV photon energy, and Xradia 810 Ultra, operating at 5.4 keV. In general, lower energy X-rays are absorbed more strongly and therefore will provide you with higher contrast. Thus, as long as transmission remains sufficient, you will experience resulting image quality and/or throughput that are greatly improved with Xradia 810 Ultra. For materials of higher density, or thick specimens, you may need the higher X-ray energy of Xradia 800 Ultra for sufficient transmission.  


  • Improve imaging contrast and throughput for low to medium density materials
  • For materials such as rock and dentin, a ten-times throughput increase at equivalent image quality has been demonstrated

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