Art collectors usually request a CT scan when they are thinking of buying a costly old piece and want to protect their investment, as long as the analysis costs only a fraction of the price of the piece.
The aim of the CT scan is to pick up any hidden defects:
A CT scan can also be a way of dispelling doubts about the authenticity or integrity of a piece a collector has already bought, whether it is used on its own or in conjunction with other scientific procedures such as thermoluminescence (TL) or carbon 14 dating.
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Art dealers also want to be sure that an old piece they are interested in is whole and authentic.
A CT scan can:
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Museum curators also want to be sure they are making a good investment for their institutions but may also request a CT scan to: