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 NDT 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 greatest 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 and external 3D scanning capabilities to meet a variety of requirements. Our inspection process is repeatable, thorough, and customized for client needs, providing accurate and unbiased data for the full range of applications for 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 and 3D scanning are also useful techniques 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.

A Trusted Supplier for NDT & Metrology Based Part Inspection Services

With investments in the latest technology and experienced staff, Jesse Garant Metrology Center is ready to meet the inspection needs of archaeology. Our industrial CT scanning, industrial radiography, and 3D scanning services provide the results manufacturers seek to fulfill strict inspection requirements. We utilize advanced imaging systems and expert analytics to provide rapid, cost-effective nondestructive testing and metrology services for a variety of applications.

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