Philips has examined the vertebrae of the tail of T-Rex Trix with an IQon Scan. This is a new type of scanner and is a world first. This kind of scanner could eventually be used in hospitals.
The scan on the museum piece was a test by the Eindhoven technology company. The goal was to find out how well the IQon Scan performed relative to the older CT Scans. At the same time, it was a great moment for Naturalis, the museum which houses the dinosaur, to examine its bones.
Previously, the bones were all viewed with a CT Scanner. This did not work well because the bones of the dinosaurs are not well absorbed by the X-Rays, and so the images were blurry.
The new and improved IQon Scan does not have noise or filter issues. Therefore, a clearer image of the bone structure can be seen.
The T-Rex lived 66 million years ago in the sandstone of Montana, USA. It was brought to the Netherlands earlier this year. It is one of the most complete dinosaur skeletons ever found. The bones will be examined further over the coming months.
Translation: Lenise Collimore