tomography

noun
to·​mog·​ra·​phy | \ tō-ˈmä-grə-fē How to pronounce tomography (audio) \

Definition of tomography

: a method of producing a three-dimensional image of the internal structures of a solid object (such as the human body or the earth) by the observation and recording of the differences in the effects on the passage of waves of energy impinging on those structures — compare computed tomography

Other Words from tomography

tomographic \ ˌtō-​mə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce tomography (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tomography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2002, Michael Wright, then curator of mechanical engineering at the Science Museum in London, made headlines with new, more detailed X-ray images of the device taken via linear tomography. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Apr. 2022 Rapid decay of the copper isotope signals the presence of the antibody by positron emission tomography, i.e. a PET scan. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Modeling the seismic activity using tomography creates three-dimensional images of what goes on beneath the crust. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 14 Mar. 2022 The team used seismic tomography, a sort of ultrasound technique, over five days in early April to map the ground underneath Yellowstone. The Editors, Outside Online, 24 Apr. 2015 With Wolfgang Baumeister, a German biophysicist, Villa helped develop an approach that combines FIB milling with cryo-electron tomography—a technique in which a sample is rotated in place, allowing snapshots from different angles. James Somers, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022 Those devices range from technology to help treat concussions to a new type of breast ultrasound tomography. Amy Feldman, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The only ways to really diagnose appendicitis is for a real doctor to exam you and most likely order imaging studies such as an abdominal X-ray, an abdominal ultrasound, a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 After using computer tomography (CT) scanning on several more related species, Sulser noticed a pattern and showed his lab supervisor, University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Zhe-Xi Luo. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tomography

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tomography

Greek tomos section + International Scientific Vocabulary -graphy — more at tome

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7 May 2022

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“Tomography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tomography. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for tomography

tomography

noun
to·​mog·​ra·​phy | \ tō-ˈmäg-rə-fē How to pronounce tomography (audio) \
plural tomographies

Medical Definition of tomography

: a method of producing a three-dimensional image of the internal structures of a solid object (as the human body) by the observation and recording of the differences in the effects on the passage of waves of energy impinging on those structures

called also stratigraphy

— see computed tomography, positron-emission tomography

Other Words from tomography

tomographic \ ˌtō-​mə-​ˈgraf-​ik How to pronounce tomography (audio) \ adjective

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