In order to obtain extremely precise diagnostic results, we have equipped ourselves with a state-of-the-art instrument capable of making an “X-ray” of the inside of the trunk by measuring the penetration rate of sound waves, the Picus sonic tomograph. This method is practically non-invasive, it investigates the internal tissues of the trunk without damaging them.
The system consists of a modular chain of sensors (from a minimum of 8 to a minimum of 24) arranged along the circumference of the trunk at a regular distance from each other, the transmission time of a sonic wave is measured. At the time of percussion, the sensor transmits a sonic pulse, which is measured simultaneously by all the other sensors in the chain. The process is repeated for each point of the same.
The instrument is ideal for monumental specimens and for smaller plants, just detach some sensors from the chain. The re-elaboration software will allow to take into consideration the real geometry of the investigated section and to trace the areas in which the internal tissues are damaged or if there is a cavity. You get a two-dimensional color tomogram, with the possibility of a 3D simulation.
The tomogram is an effective means of presenting to the client the existence and extent of the plant’s internal defects.
This is an excellent contribution for the technician who wants to get a detailed picture of the plant and an accurate diagnosis on its state of health.
Our work thanks to the tomograph has become more precise, faster and in total respect of the tree.