CT scans shed light on lives of ancient Mount Vesuvius victims

Modern medical imaging is being increasingly used to solve some ancient riddles. The latest archeological investigation made possible by current imaging technology? An analysis of victims from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.

The first excavation workers studying the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum near the volcano made plaster casts of the victims of the eruption, and for the first time those casts have been put through a CT scan to take a look at the bones inside without destroying the plaster.

Early findings show the residents were in good health before the disaster, with particularly good teeth and evidently of a healthy diet. For more on the findings and the imaging being used, check out the report from CNET at the link below: