How To See Internal Structure Of Objects

University of Manchester researchers, working with colleagues in the UK, Europe and the US, designed a novel imaging technique that could have a wide range of applications across many disciplines, such as materials science, geology, environmental science and medical research.

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This new imaging method – termed Pair Distribution Function-Computed Tomography – represents one of the most significant developments in X-ray micro tomography for almost 30 years,” said Professor Robert Cernik in Manchester’s School of Materials.”
Using this method we are able to image objects in a non-invasive manner to reveal their physical and chemical nano-properties and relate these to their distribution in three-dimensional space at the micron scale.
“Such relationships are key to understanding the properties of materials and so could be used to look at in-situ chemical reactions, probe stress-strain gradients in manufactured components, distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue, identify minerals and oil-bearing rocks or identify illicit substances or contraband in luggage.

Source: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/