Philips CT images Egyptian mummy

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A Philips Healthcare CT scanner has been used to produce 3D images of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy, the Andover, MA-based company said.

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3D scan shows Meresamun's skull with teeth intact and stones placed in her eye sockets. Her coffin can be clearly seen. Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare.

Using a Philips 256-slice Brilliance iCT scanner, researchers at the University of Chicago's Oriental Museum have taken images of an Egyptian woman, Meresamun, who is believed to have been a priestess at a temple in Thebes in 800 B.C. The mummy has been at the museum for more than 80 years.

The technology allowed the researchers to image Meresamun, still wrapped in her layers of linen bandages, through the casket. The scanner revealed her skeleton, including what appear to be stones in her eye sockets, and her remaining internal organs, Philips said.

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