Effective Use of Technology

Mummies have been front and center in the imaging world from the time of the discovery of x-rays and through every advance in radiological technology. The recent arrival of the latest 256 slice CT scanner in a U.S. hospital was celebrated by scanning a mummy as the first "patient." The appeal of "high tech" has led to the common perception that other methods of imaging have become obsolete. However, nothing could be further from the truth. As Beckett and Conlogue ably demonstrate, simple equipment can be utilized to capture vital information, particularly in field situations. Furthermore, a familiarity with basic imaging techniques is a requirement to fully understand and exploit the advanced capabilities of digital imaging. Thus, newer is not necessarily better, and the most effective paleoimaging team will consider all available imaging methods.

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