Just in time for Halloween, the San Francisco Examiner has assembled a nice overview of the "Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine" exhibit at the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum, which the medical school helped develop. Emma Bate writes:
The scientists used CT scanning technology and computer imaging software to turn two-dimensional x-ray scans into three-dimensional views of the inside of the mummy. A second type of scanning, called Dual-Energy scanning, allowed them to determine the material composition of items found inside the mummy covering. The result is a forensic reconstruction of Irethorrou's head as it appeared in life and a 'fly-through' of the mummy's body, including amulets that were placed around his body when he was mummified.
And if you would like to know more about mummies and medicine, check out the numerous links below.
Previously: Stanford-scanned crocodile mummies on display, CT images of crocodile mummies scanned at Stanford, Ancient crocodile mummies scanned at Stanford, How Stanford scanned a 2,500-year-old mummy, Ancient mummy meets modern medicine (and daddy, too) at Legion of Honor, Mummyblogging, round two, and Photoblogging: mummy edition
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