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Saturday, May 31 • 10:30am - 11:00am
(Research and Technical Studies Session) Recommendations for the Standardization of Digital Radiography of Cultural Heritage Materials

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Digital radiography is a technique developed and advanced by the medical and nondestructive evaluation and testing (NDE and NDT) industries. This has included the articulation of standards for the handling, storing, and transmitting of information produced by medical and NDE imaging – Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) and Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE), respectively.

As it has done with other techniques developed in scientific contexts, the conservation field has adopted digital radiography as a tool for non-destructive investigation of cultural heritage materials. Without the funding and demand coming from the medical and NDE fields, however, we have not had the resources to create and develop our own standardization. We do have the option of adapting the previously established DICOM and DICONDE to create standards that support conservation and cultural heritage imaging work.

This presentation outlines an effort to initiate the conversation about the development of standardization in digital radiography, as applied to the imaging of cultural heritage materials. Information on setups and workflows gathered to-date from museums currently using digital radiography, as well as aspects of DICOM and DICONDE as models for metadata standards and other key components, will be discussed. The goal would be to create a resource for cultural heritage professionals using digital radiography, and a reference for museums transitioning from film-based radiography to this powerful digital imaging tool.

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E. Keats Webb

Imaging Specialist & SEAHA Student, Smithsonian MCI, University of Brighton & SEAHA CDT
E. KEATS WEBB is the Digital Imaging Specialist at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). She received a BFA in photography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007). She has been working at the Museum Conservation Institute in various imaging capacities since 2009. Her work includes using a variety of scientific and computational imaging techniques to aid in the research and conservation of Smithsonian... Read More →


Blythe McCarthy

Andrew W. Mellon Senior Scientist, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Blythe McCarthy is the Andrew W. Mellon Senior Scientist at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. She received her doctorate in materials science from Johns Hopkins University and has held fellowships at the Getty Conservation Institute and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Science. Her research interests include the technical study of ceramic and metal objects, and the development of... Read More →

Saturday May 31, 2014 10:30am - 11:00am
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