Essential FXR tube setups

29 Jan 2024 | Flash X-ray systems

A complete system of FXR tube options to let you innovate and explore with confidence

Get multi-area time sequence imaging with Single, Stereo and even Cine Flash X-ray

4 Essential setups for FXR imaging

From one fixed area of study at one moment in time, to 3D stereo imaging, to high-speed bursts of image sequences, to multi-area time sequence imaging along a trajectory, Scandiflash Flash X-ray tubes are designed to work individually, as well as in numerous combinations to reveal the most intricate and hidden details of the “hot spots” within your dynamic events. Combine any of these four setups and you’ll be able you to study any scenario you can imagine!

1- Single Flash X-ray

Single FXR Imaging is our basic building block and is used to study one “hot spot” from a single angle of view. Either a straight or a right-angled Flash X-ray tube is paired with a Single Imaging Detector to capture one image of a dynamic event occurring at one fixed area of interest.

More about Single FXR:

S. F. Hahn and M. M. Cafferty

Semicustom integrated circuit amplifier and level discriminator for nuclear and space instruments

in IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 44-49, April 1991


2- Stereo Flash X-ray

Combine two or more Single FXR setups to achieve Stereo FXR Imaging and you’re able to study a “hot spot” from multiple angles of view. This 3D view is made simple with the Scandiflash Dual Tube option. That’s right, one pulser can power two FXR tubes where each X-ray tube is paired with a Single Imaging Detector and will simultaneously create one image per X-ray tube of the same dynamic event at a fixed area of interest.

More about Stereo FXR:

Stefan Moser, Siegfried Nau, Manfred Salk and Klaus Thoma

In situ flash x-ray high-speed computed tomography for the quantitative analysis of highly dynamic processes

Meas. Sci. Technol. 25 (2014) 025009


3- Cine Flash X-ray

Visualize film-like motion within your dynamic events using Cine or Cinematic FXR Imaging to study a “hot spot” with multiple images from a near-single angle of view. The benefit of Cine FXR Imaging is that it enables “fixed-area time sequence imaging” which produces a high-speed time sequence of images of one event at a fixed area of interest in order to study the progress of the event as it unfolds. Cine FXR Imaging is achieved with a specialized flash X-ray tube known as a Multi-Anode Tube (MAT) paired with a Cinematic Imaging Detector (CID). Take your study a step further and get Stereo Cine FXR with an additional angle of view. Connect two MATs with the Dual Option and capture image bursts with two CIDs!

4- Trajectory Flash X-ray

Unravel the mysteries in your most complex scenarios with a Trajectory Flash X-ray setup. By combining any number of Single, Stereo or Cine FXR setups, you can study multiple stages of dynamic events as they occur along a trajectory or path. Trajectory FXR Imaging enables “multi-area time sequence imaging” which produces a time sequence of images of multiple stages of a dynamic event from a series of fixed areas of interest in order to study the progress of the event as it unfolds along the trajectory.

More about Trajectory FXR:

R. Langkemper, S. Moser, M. Büttner, D. Rakus, A. Sättler, S. Nau, A. Priori

Information Based Time-Resolved 3D Analysis of the Trajectory and Spatial Orientation of Fast-Moving Objects Using High-Speed Flash X-ray Imaging

J. Imaging 2022, 8, 28.


Cine FXR imaging examples

See our blog “Improve your failure analysis to reduce or prevent breaks during collisions” here

See our blog “Experience dynamic impact events with X-ray vision” here

See our blog “Behind helmet blunt trauma (BHBT) studied with X-ray cinematography” here

More about Cine FXR:

Tomáš Fíla, Jan Falta, Petr Koudelka, Jan Šleichrt, Nela Krčmářová, Isabel Duarte

Flash X-ray radiography of internal damage in soft cellular materials during instrumented dynamic penetration

Materials Letters, 354 (2024) 135372


More about Cine FXR:

S. F. Hahn and M. M. Cafferty

Semicustom integrated circuit amplifier and level discriminator for nuclear and space instruments

in IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 44-49, April 1991


Cost-effective advantage

Invest wisely for long-term gains as the initial investment in Scandiflash FXR Systems leads to lower running costs over time. You’ll benefit from a robust FXR solution ensuring reliability across diverse applications.


Innovative features for precision

Our FXR tubes are self contained and connect to our pulsers with flexible high-voltage coaxial cables. With the choice of both straight and right-angle tubes as well as Multi-Anode Tubes, you can create the perfect lab setup for your needs.

Explore advanced features such as the cold cathode design, ideal for applications like ballistics and hypervelocity impact testing. Enjoy the convenience of user-serviceability, allowing on-site replacement of consumable parts and the possibility to achieve sharper radiographs with various focal spot size options as small as 1.5mm, producing sharp radiographs even at short source-to-object distances.

Get started on your journey into the future of Flash X-ray technology with Scandiflash FXR Systems – where precision meets innovation so you can see what’s happening inside and stop guessing.

SCF Flash X-ray tube advantages

  • Easy anode/cathode exchange

  • Easy maintenance and robust design

  • Lightweight and easy to handle

  • Standard spot size options 1.5, 2.5 and 4 mm

  • Tungsten anodes (other materials optional)

  • Broad band X-ray spectra 20 keV to pulser kVp

  • Interchangeable X-ray windows


  • Cinematic Imaging Detector (CID)
  • Image Plate Detector
  • Various size anodes + easy-exchange cathodes
  • Soft X-ray window (6 keV)
  • Self-sustaining ion pumps (single anode tubes)
  • Vacuum pump (MAT tubes)


Seamlessly transition between single, dual, or multi-anode tube configurations. This adaptable system ensures unparalleled versatility, requiring only a tube exchange to shift effortlessly from a single setup to a MAT tube configuration.

Core components

Straight X-ray tube

Right angle X-ray tube

MAT (Multi-Anode) X-ray tube

Vacuum pump

Aluminum X-ray window


We’re here to help you

Choosing Scandiflash means you get a flash X-ray system that’s built to meet your needs both today and tomorrow as well as a team that’s ready to support you.

Want to know more about taking your research to the next level? We’re curious to hear what you can imagine doing and seeing with our technology, so get in touch with us through our website or just give us a call at +46 18 557510.

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About Scandiflash

For over 50 years, Scandiflash has been pioneering flash X-ray technology to help scientists and researchers around the globe to see the nearly impossible. Scandiflash Flash X-Ray Systems generate extremely short pulses used to capture dynamics in the harshest of conditions, ranging from indoor lab setups to outdoor large-scale firing ranges. The systems are modular and can be tailored to meet your requirements for number of pulses and peak energy conditions.