Mini-Z Backscatter X-Ray System

The Mini-Z handheld backscatter X-ray system is a compact, single-sided x-ray imager that can be used to scan objects in hard to reach areas. Its small size allows for the effective screening of a wide variety of items such as suspicious bags and parcels, walls, furniture, small boats, aircraft, vehicle tyres, and car interiors.

The Mini-Z backscatter X-ray system provides effective detection of organic threats, contraband, and explosives, making it the perfect tool for public safety, customs and border enforcement, and security officials.

The Mini-Z system produces a real-time image of the scan target, highlighting organic materials that transmission X-ray systems can miss, such as explosives, currency, and drugs.

Unlike density meters, trace detectors, or portable transmission X-ray systems, the Mini-Z system uses backscatter X-rays to produce an easy-to-interpret image to quickly locate organic contraband in voids and behind shielding (non-metallic and metallic).

Mini-Z is self-contained and does not require set-up: enabling immediate and fast operation. As an operator scans a target, an image appears in real-time on the system’s dedicated tablet.

Please note this product is only available through Scanna to UK approved end users. We do not export the Mini-Z.

  • Completely Self-Contained: Does not require physical set-up, enabling immediate operation: Battery operated, wireless communications (Wi-Fi)
  • Easy Operation: As an operator scans a target, an image appears in real-time on the system’s dedicated tablet
  • Training Materials: Already loaded onto the companion image viewer tablet accessed through the home screen help icon


Standard system configuration

Mini-Z Backscatter X-Ray System

  • Operating Time: 4 hours per battery charge (typical)
  • Scan Speed: Designed for a scan speed of 15 cm (6 in) per second (typical)
  • Public Safety: Quick screening of unattended and suspicious bags and packages for potential terrorist threats in public spaces
  • Border and Security Checkpoints: Screening vehicle bumpers, tyres, panels or interiors for concealed threats such as drugs, cigarettes, explosives and plastic weapons
  • Drug Enforcement: Investigation of suspected drug labs for drugs or currency
  • Event Security: Screening of hand baggage and deliveries to ensure public safety
  • VIP Security: Securing rooms and furniture for organic threats and IEDs to ensure personnel safety


  • Length: 29.2 cm (11.5 in)
  • Width: 24.9 cm (9.8 in)
  • Height: 19.3 cm (7.6 in)
  • Weight: 5 kg (11 lbs)

X-ray Source:

10-watt 120 keV X-ray tube

Interconnection Options:

Wireless connection through built-in Wi-Fi; optional hard-wire via Ethernet cable


The Mini-Z backscatter system is safe for operators, bystanders, and the environment. The system's X-ray dose conforms with the appropriate ANSI, ICRP, NCRP, and EURATOM radiation safety standards. Although the Mini-Z is a low-energy and low-dose Z backscatter system, it is not designed to scan people. The Mini-Z system must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and under the jurisdiction of local laws and regulations.


  • Operating Temperature: 0° C to 45° C (32° F to 113° F)
  • Storage Temperature: -40° C to 60° C (-40°F to 140° F)
  • Operable in: Rain, snow, high winds, and altitudes up to 3,000 m (9,845 ft) nominally
  • In Compliance With: CE directive 2004/108/EC


  • Tactical Backpack: For greater portability
  • Tablet Mount Kit: Includes a mount for the tablet and a shorter connector cable
  • Language Kits: Arabic, Chinese, English (standard), French, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish