CT scans unravel mummy mysteries

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The Bowers Museum, GE Healthcare, and a team of radiologists and international curators recently used computed tomography to scan six ancient Egyptian mummies from the collections of the British Museum.
   
This study represents the largest collection of CT scans that have been performed on Egyptian mummies, GE said. The images will be used by researchers to draw conclusions as to how these people lived and judge their age, their overall health, cause of death, and how the bodies were preserved. The scans and virtual reality imaging involves acquiring a number of cross-section images which are fed into a workstation that allows radiologists and researchers to see the images in 3D, GE said.
   
The mummies will be part of Bower Museum's upcoming exhibit "Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt."