ESi’s state-of-the-art Computed Tomography (CT) services can be an invaluable tool in the forensic analysis of failed components. CT imaging is non-destructive and provides high-resolution 3D images of an object and its internal structures. These images can be viewed from any angle, manipulated, and graphically deconstructed and reconstructed, layer by layer. This versatile technology can be employed to help clients with a wide range of visualization and reconstruction needs, from cause and origin determination to litigation support.
A CT scan can be used to create an accurate, permanent, and complete record of a scanned object, while avoiding many of the costs and complications associated with data gathering and evidence spoliation. With a CT scan, you can preserve or "memorialize" the internal and external features of objects for access even after destructive testing or inspections have been performed. Because the scan data is digital, it can be readily distributed to multiple parties for analysis, thereby reducing the likelihood of travel, transportation, scheduling, and chain of custody issues.
CT images often provide critical information about the cause of a failure, or valuable insights to help guide further inquiry. CT animations can elevate the way technical concepts are communicated to an audience by visually "walking" them through deconstruction of the object and showing them the internal structures and likely failure modes.
CT technology is virtually unmatched when it comes to visualization, deconstruction, reconstruction, and geometric dimensioning. Common investigative uses include mechanical and electrical system assemblies, with applications in the transportation, aerospace, energy, construction, manufacturing, and medical device industries.
If a 2D view of an object is needed, ESi’s CT scanning team can provide a high-resolution, high-quality x-ray, from any angle or direction. Unlike a traditional x-ray machine, the CT scanner displays a real-time x-ray view of the object as it is being positioned. This helps ensure capture of the optimal image for the intended purpose.