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09:36 Feb 15, 2000
Spanish to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering
Spanish term or phrase:tomógrafo
Is there such a word as "tomograph"? Or do we just say "scanner", as in "CT scanner"?
Explanation: Yes, there is such a word as *tomograph* Equivalent of *tomografo* found in Termium; definitions of *tomograph*, from the Shorter OED (1993): (a) a tomogram; (b) an apparatus for carrying out tomography. The SOED defines tomography as any of various techniqaues which provide images of successive planes sections of the human body or other solid object using X-rays or ultrasound, now freq. processed by computer to give a three-dimensional image.
Explanation: Depending on the context, and which type of scan you are discussing, using just the term scanner might be best. However, if you explain tomography as being the science of scanning portions of the body, tomographic scanner would work. The trouble with that adjective though, is that most English speakers wouldnt be able to interpret its meaning without explanation. If you are talking about CT scanning, use CAT scanner for more clarity.
Explanation: to·mog·ra·phy (t½-m¼g“r…-f¶) n. Any of several techniques for making detailed x-rays of a predetermined plane section of a solid object while blurring out the images of other planes. [Greek tomos, section; see TOME + -graphy.] --to“mo·gram” (t½“m…-gr²m”) n. --to“mo·graph” (-gr²f”) n. --to”mo·graph“ic adj.