The case studies provided in Case Studies for Advances in Paleoimaging will provide the reader with real-world scenarios and case examples that will help prepare researchers to discover new ways to apply the various modalities associated with the technology. This book is a follow-up to the Beckett and Conlogue’s classic work Paleoimaging (2009) and companion to their new contribution Advances in Paleoimaging (2020). The case studies outlined demonstrate the problem-solving nature of imaging research and the application of critical thought to unique problems.
Further, Case Studies for Advances in Paleoimaging demonstrates the incredible depth of application of these modalities including photography, endoscopy, x-ray fluorescence, plane radiography, digital radiography, and advanced imaging modalities like multi-detector computed tomography, micro-computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Of particular note, case study seven, Contrast Media Injections, informs the researcher regarding methods to bring out specific anatomic structures that may be the target of a given research question.
Intended for students, faculty, and seasoned researchers, Case Studies for Advances in Paleoimaging presents actual cases from the authors’ vast experience in the application of paleoimaging modalities in order to answer unique research problems. The book also serves as a field manual for current and future researchers as they approach similar or new cases that present unique challenges. These cases demonstrate how the varied imaging methodologies can provide data which greatly enriches our understanding of the subject at hand, be it ancient cultural remains, forensic recovery, museum holdings, or other anthropological and archaeological artifacts.
1: Case Study 1 - Large Objects
2: Case Study 2 - Zoological Specimens
3: Case Study 3 - Skeletal Remains
4: Case Study 4 - Mummified Remains
5: Case Study 5: Manufactured or Created Objects: Plane Radiography
6: Case Study 6: Teeth: Plane Radiography (Film); Clinical CT; microCT
7: Case Study 7 - Contrast Media Injections
8: Case Study 8 - Endoscopy and XRF Cases
Ronald G. Beckett is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Quinnipiac University. Beckett began his career as a respiratory therapist and became a supervisor at Tucson General Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, in 1977. While there he was an instructor for the Pima Community College's program in respiratory care. Beckett moved to Rhode Island in 1983 where he established the first college-based program in Respiratory Care in the state at the Community College of Rhode Island. Not long after the program was accredited, Beckett moved to Hamden, Connecticut, where he became director of the bachelor's degree program in Respiratory Care at Quinnipiac University. He soon became Chairman of the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences and Diagnostic Imaging, a position he held for 23 years. Following a conversation with co-author Conlogue regarding mummy research, Beckett realized the endoscopic imaging potential in bioanthropological settings. He began conducting experiments using the combination of radiography and endoscopy in the laboratory setting. Finding that the techniques were complementary, Beckett began to work with Conlogue on projects involving the palaeoimaging of mummified remains in 1996. Following the initial work in the Cardiopulmonary Sciences laboratory, Beckett began to apply endoscopy in concert with radiography on the Max Uhle collection of mummies from Pachacamac Peru at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Techniques were further developed through palaeoimaging projects involving mummified remains at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Connecticut. Beckett continued to refine and develop new field techniques and skills in bioanthropological data collection using endoscopic instrumentation. In 1999, Beckett and Gerald Conlogue co-founded the Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac University. Beckett's work with mummified remains has been featured in many television documentaries regarding palaeoimaging on the Discovery and Learning Channels. Beckett and Conlogue's field palaeoimaging work, caught the interest of the National Geographic Channel and they served as co-hosts for a three year, 40 episode documentary series called The Mummy Road Show. Their work with National Geographic took them to over 13 countries conducting palaeoimaging research on mummified remains and artifacts. In 2005, they published Mummy Dearest, a behind the scenes look and in depth account of their experiences producing the series. In the fall of 2009 CRC Press has published their second book, Paleoimaging, Field Applications for Cultural Remains and Artifacts. Beckett continues to be an invited speaker at many universities as well as at domestic and international scientific symposia. He continues to conduct palaeoimaging research and gives public presentations for museums and civic organizations.
Gerald Conlogue is Co-Director of the Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac College. In 1999, Beckett and Gerald Conlogue co-founded the Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac University. He holds a BS in Animal Sciences from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s of Health Science from Quinnipiac College. He has worked as a professor since 1984 and has taught and worked at Quinnipiac College since 1992. Conlogue began to work with Ronald Beckett on projects involving the palaeoimaging of mummified remains in 1996. Their work with National Geographic took them to over 13 countries conducting palaeoimaging research on mummified remains and artefacts. In 2005, they published "Mummy Dearest", a behind the scenes look and in-depth account of their experiences producing the series. In the fall of 2009 CRC Press has published their second book, Paleoimaging, Field Applications for Cultural Remains and Artifacts. Conlogue continues to be an invited speaker at many universities as well as at domestic and international scientific symposia. He continues to conduct palaeoimaging research and gives public presentations for museums and civic organizations.