CAT scan

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CAT Scan


Abbreviation for computerized axial tomography. A CAT scan is a specialized, nondestructive, x-ray examination that collects a sequence of cross sectional scans then uses a computer to generate a 3-dimensional image of the whole object. CAT scans have been used to examine decay in the interior of wood artifacts (Bucher 1996).

Synonyms and Related Terms

"CT scanner; computerized axial tomography; tomographie axiale (Fr.); tomodensimtre (Fr.); Computer-Tomographie Untersuchung (Deut.)

Additional Information

W. Bucher, Dictionary of Building Preservation, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1996.

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