Tomography is an imaging technique that combines projections taken from different directions into a reconstruction of the interior of a patient or an object. The ASTRA research group (“All Scales Tomographic Reconstruction Antwerp”) of imec-Vision Lab develops tomographic reconstruction algorithms for electron, X-ray, neutron, and magnetic resonance imaging. The ASTRA group developed the ASTRA-Toolbox, which is an open source, GPU accelerated software platform for the development of novel tomographic reconstruction methods; it can be downloaded from

Key expertises:

  • Discrete tomography
  • X-ray tomography for non-standard acquisition geometries
  • Electron tomography
  • Dynamic (4D) tomography

Journal publications

In Press


K. J. Batenburg, F. De Carlo, L. Mancini, and J. Sijbers, "Advanced X-ray tomography: experiment, modeling, and algorithms", Measurement Science and Technology, vol. 29, issue 8, pp. 080101, 2018.
E. Van de Casteele, E. Perilli, W. Van Aarle, K. Reynolds, and J. Sijbers, "Discrete tomography in an in vivo small animal bone study", Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism, vol. 36, issue 1, pp. 40–53, 2018.


V. Van Nieuwenhove, "Model-based reconstruction algorithms for dynamic X-ray CT", Dept. of Physics, vol. PhD in Sciences/Physics, 2017. PDF icon Download thesis (4.65 MB)