Practical guidelines and recent advances in the Itrax XRF core-scanning procedure

Itrax operators, Menno Bloemsma, Ian Croudace, J Stephen Daly, Robin J Edwards, Pierre Francus, Jennifer M Galloway, Braden R.B. Gregory, Jyh-Jaa Huang, Anna Jones, Malin Kylander, Ludvig Lowemark, Yangbing Luo, Suzanne Maclachlan, Christian Ohlendorf, R. Timothy Patterson, Christof Pearce, Jorn Profe, Eduard G Reinhardt, Christian StranneRik Tjallingii, Jonathan N Turner

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XRF core scanning has evolved to become a standard analytical technique for the rapid assessment of elemental, density and textural variations in a wide range of sediments and other materials, with applications ranging from palaeoceanography, paleoclimatology, geology, and environmental forensics to environmental protection. In general, scanning provides rapid, non-destructive acquisition of elemental and textural variations at sub-millimetre resolution for a wide range of materials. Numerous procedural adaptations have been developed for the growing number of applications, such as analyses of unconsolidated, water-rich sediments, powdered soil samples, or resin bags. Here, practical expertise and guidance from the Itrax community, gained over 15 years, is presented that should provide insights for new and experienced users.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQuaternary International
Early online date12 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • XRF core scanning
  • Itrax
  • X-ray fluorescence
  • X-ray radiography
  • Geochemistry


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