Antiquities, Archeology & Geology

Antiquities, Archeology & Geology

X-ray technologies have been used in the investigation and validation of antiquities for many years. It was not uncommon to read about a mummy being taken to a hospital to be scanned in a medical CT unit. 2D x-ray has been used for investigation of paintings to detect underlying pigmentation layers of the “hidden masterpiece”, and bronzes and statues have been x-rayed to look at the skeletal structure to aid in accurate dating and restoration of the piece. Recently though, industrial computed tomography (CT) and high-resolution 2D x-ray imaging (DR) has begun to be used and has provided stunning new information that was never revealed before. Specimens such as a dinosaur skull have been scanned revealing never before seen passageways in the sinus region. An osteoderm from an ancient dinosaur skeleton was scanned and the hollow interior was measured to provide volume data. The list of potential samples that can be scanned is truly limitless and the revelations that can result from these are truly groundbreaking.

  • Common Uses: Research, documenting specimens, core sample analysis.
  • Common Specimens: Dinosaurs bones and fossils, rocks, geodes, core samples.

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