Usually we first examine the piece and take several high definition digital photographs.
Then we take the piece to the CT scanner room, calibrate and position it and take several scout views to prepare the subsequent CT scans.
After the CT scans are completed, several batches of hundreds of slices are reconstructed and stored on digital media.
Later on those slices are reformatted and processed with dedicated hardware and software in order to build 2D and 3D images and videos to support the last part of the job: the radiological search for and analysis of particular features and anomalies.
Depending on the complexity of those features and anomalies, the whole process can easily take several hours.