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How Mummies Lived--and Died--Revealed by Modern Medical Technology [Slide Show]

Specialists use CT scans and 3-D printing to study the maladies of mummified corpses

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BACTERIA CLUES:

Endoscopy was used to take a small tissue sample from Orlovits’s abdomen. The tissue will be tested for the presence of Heliobactor pylori , which has been linked to stomach ulcers and stomach cancer.....[ More ]

NATURE’S MUMMIFICATION:

Specialists prepare to use endoscopy to examine the mummy of Veronica Orlovits, a naturally preserved mummy from a church crypt in Vác, Hungary. The mummy dates back to the 18th century, and there are church records to identify the woman and members of her family who were also buried in the crypt.....[ More ]

WHAT LIES BENEATH:

The 600-year-old child mummy is readied for a CT scan. The scan enabled researchers to determine that the child was female, and to explore the extent of a severe facial tumor on her right upper jaw.....[ More ]

INSPECTING THE GOODS:

Heather Gill-Frerking, mummy specialist, and Harry Zegel, chief of Lankenau Medical Center Department of Radiology, examine a 600-year-old child mummy from South America prior to CT scanning.....[ More ]

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