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X-ray Machine

Picture: X-ray Machine

The Conservation Office has three X-ray machines of different kilovolt levels so that information undetectable to the naked eye on materials from paintings to large metal artifacts can be known. The image of an object is recorded on film, similar to medical X-ray process. It gives important information how an artifact was constructed, which can help decide the future conservation treatment. It also serves as a way of keeping a record of an artifact, particularly archaeological iron which are notoriously unstable.