Industrial computed tomography (CT) is a powerful tool for research in archaeology and paleontology, able to inspect internal features of fragile specimens and unique artifacts without damaging them
As a specialized nondestructive testing lab, we obtain precise inspection data from a range of organic and inorganic specimens for a variety of research and museum applications. Our CT & X-Ray systems are nondestructive and non-contact, identifying and modelling internal and external features and providing a host of useful analyses, all while preserving original conditions.
Our lab has the largest diversity of industrial computed tomography systems in North America, including an exclusive high-energy CT system for inspection of larger specimens up to 44.5” in diameter by 63” inches in height. We also have a full suite of x-ray testing capabilities to meet a variety of inspection requirements. Our processes are repeatable and customizable to meet client needs, all while providing accurate and unbiased data for the full range of applications in archaeology.
Advanced Nondestructive Testing for Archaeology
- Advanced Imaging of Fossils
For studying fossils, industrial CT yields valuable insights for research in paleontology by obtaining detailed images of internal features that were once inaccessible. Fossils can be virtually sliced with CT, providing critical data of features like bone distribution, skeletal and dental structures, and other anatomical features. Actual/nominal comparisons are also available with CT. For example, surface data from one specimen can be superimposed upon another to identify subtle differences in morphology.
- Nondestructive Inspection of Artifacts
The versatility of CT lends itself to inspection of a wide range of artifacts and other inorganic samples. The x-ray technology allows for non-contact internal inspection and virtual sectioning of artifacts without disturbing or damaging fragile specimens. CT can even virtually remove surrounding material like soil or gypsum from buried archaeological artifacts like coins, swords, and ancient remains.
- Museums & Natural History
CT scanning is a useful technique for conservation and natural history, providing high resolution imaging of a wide range of materials, from metals and ceramics to glass and organic material. For example, these advanced imaging technologies can aid in the reconstruction of museum artifacts through reverse engineering, obtaining the necessary surface data to 3D print detailed replicas. In this way, museums can showcase replicas of fragile or unique artifacts, improving interactivity within their exhibitions.