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University of Arizona pushing to make CT scan data more accessible for science

CT scans are well-known for their medical uses, but they also play a big role across various fields of science. A group of researchers are working to make data from CT scanning more accessible.

The University of Arizona is one of the institutions contributing to the network, known as the Non-Clinical Tomography Users Research Network or NoCTURN. The partnership is designed to share information and get researchers to collaborate.

Paul Gignac is an associate professor at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine.

“One of the ways that science is accessible is that I can explain to you all the steps I did to create a data set. And then you can repeat exactly that process and you can confirm that, yes, the observations that I made are accurate because you could make them as well,” he said.

Funding to support the network comes from the National Science Foundation.

Gignac hopes that one day there will be no need for NoCTURN as he sees accessibility of science to be more commonplace.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.