Applying computer-aided techniques to musicology is a relatively new field, but one that has great potential for studying instruments. The main challenge for this approach is to characterize instruments that cannot be easily studied physically due to internal parts. CT scanning and modeling an instrument solves this problem and allows for better understanding of the special characteristics of its different components.

In this study, Simpleware software was used to segment a CT scan of a Japanese koto, an
Source: NDT