Lecture 013.002

INSIDE THE IMAGES FROM THE PLASTIC DESIGN OBJECT: A CONSERVATIVE APPROACH
BY ROBERTA VERTERAMO

The project is the brainchild joint between the restorer specializing in design restoration, Roberta Verteramo, and Dr Daniele Regge, Director of Radiology IRCCS (Candiolo, Italy). The aim is using Computed Tomography for the objects analysis as a cultural heritage.What is it Computed Tomography or CT? CT is a medical imaging system that utilizes ionizing radiations (X-rays) to produce tomographic images (“slices”) of the body. The CT images are used for a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. In the past we have seen the application of CT on some ancient works, but in this experimental study we wanted to use the technology on contemporary works, of art and design. The present study has highlighted such as CT, can also be applied to the diagnostics of cultural heritage, where it is necessary to obtain valuable information on the state of conservation of the internal structure, external and the matrix of the material, without damaging it. However, as has limit the analysis of high-density materials such as ferrous metals, while it can provide detailed information on other types of material. It is possible to obtain different types of information, such as for example: the gait of the flow of matter; its density; imperfections that may affect the stability of the product over time; production technology, as well as structural elements or foreign object such as metals. This project, a continuous work in progress, aims to be a start in the near future to provide additional scientific data relevant to the conservation of cultural heritage.

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