The molecular imaging scanner is located above each transporter pad and is used to scan the object to be transported and convert it to a matter stream.

Because of its crucial function, if the imaging scanner was off by even one thousandth of a percent, the transport would fail. Every transporter pad was equipped with four redundant imaging scanners. This scanner could also be used to program the biofilter. Molecular patterns would be identified with the help of the imaging scanner where upon the biofilter could be programmed to removed those unwanted molecules. (TNG: "Realm of Fear")

In 2369, Chief Miles O'Brien came too late into school, acting as a substitute teacher for his wife Keiko, because the transporter in ops needed a minor adjustment in its upper molecular imaging scanner. (DS9: "The Nagus")

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