Complementary Data Acquisition

Although the conventional radiograph provides critical information regarding contents of wrapped remains, the images are "shadows" with few descriptive characteristics. In the absence of advanced imaging, the complementary nature of endoscopic imaging cannot be understated. The endoscope, provided there is an entry route, can provide additional characteristics such as color, shape, and imaging of low-density objects or anatomical features. We have found that the field application of both modalities increases the obtainable data, adding to the interpretability of those data. The complementary nature of paleoimaging modalities will be demonstrated through the various case studies presented in this text.

The information from conventional radiography will certainly contribute to the decisions regarding safe transportation of the remains or artifacts to a facility for advanced imaging methods. The conventional radiograph often provides information about the integrity of the remains and whether or not there are focused points of interest indicating the need for further imaging analysis.

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