Cantaloupes were examined by Computerized tomography (CT) to obtain images of the extent to which they are subject to mechanical injury during or after the harvest period. Fruit (Galia F-1 cv.) was dropped from a height of 50 cm to stimulate poor handling techniques, then placed in a 2 degrees C room with 85 to 90 % RH. CT images were obtained immediately after harvest and at the end of the 35-day storage period. Additional studies included determination of weight loss, infection rate, total soluble solids, titratable acidity, fruit firmness and pectin esterase activity at weekly intervals during the cold storage.