How small is "small"? less that 1 meter? less than 1cm? Less than 1 mm? What is the smallest feature you have to capture?
A standard flatbed scanner at max dpi should be fine for anything down to well beyond 0.1mm at least (1200dpi = 47 dots per mm). Or you could look at film negative scanners for even higher res.
Here's a scan of a HDD circuit board: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hard_drive_controller_board.jpg (after you click the link you have to click on the image for the full res). This is via this page: http://www.howtospotapsychopath.com/2007/04/11/resistors-400-pixels-long/ which states that the scanner used is now over 13 years old.
Epson and Canon both make half-decent hardware so try one of those brands if you're stuck - if these aren't suitable you'll have to expand on what requirements you have.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to answer.
The part i am scanning is probably around 6 x 2 inches or so.
I am very impressed by the resolution captured by that image of the circuit board. The part I am scanning will
be much less intricate, but I am happy that the quality is that good.
I will try Epson or Cannon at Fry's tommorow.