CT Scanning


Weatherford Laboratories employs the latest in CT scanning technology to inspect, characterize, and document an entire cored interval, with greater precision and much faster processing speeds than traditional CT methods.

As one of the very first procedures performed on the core when it arrives at the lab, CT scans play a critical role in all future testing and provide a long-term digital record of your asset. The qualitative information provided by the CT scan helps to rapidly identify and qualify all sections of the core for further quantitative testing.




CT Scanning entails the use of medical-grade CT scanners adapted for specialized use with the drilling core to provide rapid qualitative analysis of the core.

Data from the scanner results in a series of standard (DICOM) image files which can be visualized using our CorView software. These image files are presented in core slice-through animations and can be delivered to our customers for further analysis. In the near future, we will also be adding numerical modeling capabilities to extract specific numeric parameters from Dual-Energy CT scans.

We offer a global network of CT Scanners and staff highly trained in the core-specific application of CT scanning and the nuances of interpreting data from these scans.

Weatherford Laboratories has 20 years of experience in CT scanning, recently taking it to a new level with Dual-Energy CT scans. We understand the complexities of scanning the core in core barrels, wax, and other preservative containers, in addition to understanding how to correct for scanning artifacts introduced by these elements. Our lab staff constantly works with geoscientists to enable us to extract more value from the data through software and modeling algorithms.

The key advantages of CT scanning:

  • Help characterize reservoir types

  • Improve slab and plug orientations/sampling locations

  • Obtain high-resolution image logs directly from the core

  • Identify fracture geometries and relationships, orientation of bedding planes, and location of induced artifacts

Dual Energy CT (DECT) provides calculation of bulk density and atomic number (PE). Presented in Isologica format below.