Carestream CR, PACS help Field Museum uncover secrets from the past

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CR and PACS from Carestream Health play a role in helping The Field Museum of Chicago discover, analyze and manage secrets hidden within its collections.

Carestream Health has donated a CR system that enables The Field Museum to capture, archive and share digital x-ray images from more than one million specimens and artifacts in its anthropology collection.

The Field Museum is also using a PACS from Carestream for the management, viewing and storage of the growing collection of digital images managed by the museum's staff.

Non-invasive visualization of specimens and artifacts can yield valuable new scientific information, and it can also provide crucial indications for proper conservation of specimens in our care,” said Robert D. Martin, the A. Watson Armour III Curator of biological anthropology at The Field Museum.

J.P. Brown, conservator, anthropology, The Field Museum, said that the CR system “allows us to do in a day what it used to take a week to accomplish.”

The museum said that the Carestream CR system is used with organic objects such as mummies, leather goods and baskets, and can generate high-resolution images of denser museum pieces such as ceramics, stucco and beads. The company's digital workstation—also on site—allows the museum to have one centralized image review platform with a powerful database that provides quick and easy access to studies and images, the curators said.