Computed Tomography (CT)

Matthew J. Mulherin, CAPM
Senior Technologist
Phone: (214) 343-3811

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ESI is proud to offer Computed Tomography (CT) services, a state-of-the-art technology used in evidence preservation and interrogation.  This versatile technology can be employed to help clients with a wide range of visualization and reconstruction needs, from cause and origin determination to litigation support.

Non-Destructive, Precise 3D Imaging 

Computed Tomography (CT) can be an invaluable tool in the forensic analysis of failed components. CT imaging is non-destructive and provides high resolution 3D images of an object and its internal structures. These images can be viewed from any angle, manipulated, and graphically deconstructed and reconstructed layer-by-layer.

Evidence Preservation

A CT scan can be used to create an accurate, permanent, and complete record of a scanned object, and avoid many of the costs and complications associated with data gathering and evidence spoliation. With a CT scan, you can preserve or ‘memorialize’ the internal and external features of the object, for access even after destructive testing or inspections have been performed. Because the scan data is digital, it can be readily distributed to multiple parties for analysis, thereby reducing the likelihood of travel, transportation, scheduling, and chain of custody issues.

CT Models and Animations

CT images often provide critical information about the cause of a failure or valuable insights to help guide further inquiry. CT animations can elevate the way technical concepts are communicated to an audience by visually ‘walking’ them through deconstruction of the object and showing them the internal structures and likely failure modes.


CT technology is virtually unmatched when it comes to visualization, deconstruction, reconstruction, and geographic dimensioning. Common investigative uses include mechanical and electrical system assemblies, with applications in the transportation, aerospace, energy, construction, manufacturing, and medical device industries.

Real-Time X-Ray

If a two dimensional view of an object is needed, ESI’s CT scanner can provide a high resolution, high quality x-ray from any angle or direction. Unlike a traditional x-ray machine, the CT scanner displays a real-time x-ray view of the object as it is being positioned, which helps ensure capture of the optimal image for the intended purpose.

Benefits of Computed Tomography

  • Non-destructive analysis
  • Comprehensive 3D imaging of internal and external structures
  • Precise geographic dimensioning
  • Unparalleled evidence preservation
  • High resolution, real-time x-ray capability
  • Penetration of a wide variety of materials (including up to 2 inches of steel)
  • Graphical 3D modeling and animation                                                                

Call us today to find out more about how ESI’s CT technology can help you on your next project.

Professionals in This Area








Gray, Amy E., Ph.D., P.E.   Senior Consultant  

North Carolina

Jordan, Jonathan G., P.E., CFEI   Senior Consultant  

Texas (Dallas)

Mulherin, Matthew J., CAPM   Senior Technologist  

Texas (Dallas)