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7.9.13 … Davidson College: Exploring Scientific and Humanistic Capabilities of New 3D Imaging System …

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Davidson Will Lead in Exploring Scientific and Humanistic Capabilities of New 3D Imaging System

Davidson physics students plowed new scientific ground in 1896 when they took the first X-ray images on American soil. Contemporary Davidson physicists now have a similarly momentous opportunity. The department has recently become the first non-governmental entity in the country to acquire a revolutionary Digitome VXI-500Fx non-destructive imaging system. The system combines a series of conventional two-dimensional x-ray images taken from various angles around an object into a three-dimensional “volumetric” screen image that can be turned, rotated and probed from any angle or plane.

Images of a Digitome scan are recorded on an 8-inch by 10-inch CCD plate rather than a piece of film. The image is therefore recorded instantly as a computer file rather than being projected onto film that must be developed.

The Digitome’s unique ability to create a three-dimensional image of an object led Professor of Physics Dan Boye to hail the system as a “cross-disciplinary game changer” for Davidson. He said, “We believe we can apply the Digitome to help understand topics of interest in the humanities and social sciences.”

In his proposal to purchase the system, Boye wrote, “It would foster trans-disciplinary learning and research throughout the college by partnering physics faculty and students with teaching and research efforts in other departments and programs.”

A Digitome image reveals the internal components of an iPod.

For instance, Boye envisions its use by the art department to examine layers of paintings which may have been covered with other layers. Archeologists could examine mummies inside sarcophagi. Book conservators could view intricate binding techniques of rare works without having to open them.

The Digitome company has already documented several uses in the arts. A Digitome examination of a music stand owned by Mozart revealed that pieces were screwed together with reverse threading. The emperor of Japan requested a Digitome examination of an urn to see if the handle had been modified. A Digitome exam found that the general absence of cracks in the intricate enamel of a Ming vase at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art resulted from expansion joints on the inside surface. An examination of a jet engine turbine blade revealed cracks that could have been dangerous.

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