SOMATOM Emotion Sheds New Light on 2,500 Year Old Mummy

SiemensA team of radiographers from City University London recently examined a 2,500 year old Egyptian mummy named Tahemaa. A SOMATOM® Emotion CT scanner from Siemens Healthcare was used to learn more about how Tahemaa died without damaging the corpse.

Tahemaa underwent a whole body scan as if a live human patient. The cross sectional images obtained were then reconstructed into high quality 3D images. This allowed the team to discover several new facts about Tahemaa. Scans revealed a left femur fracture that had happened post mortem and that the brain had not been removed.

"The Emotion is very user friendly and acquires high quality axial images in a short time," said Jayne Morgan, Senior Lecturer at City University London. "We were also able to produce on the spot multiple axial, sagittal and coronal reconstructions using both soft tissue and bone algorithms. This provided the researchers with an extensive set of images to take away with them on the day so that they can be used to publish the results immediately."

"This exciting project demonstrates the varied uses for advanced scanning technology beyond the clinical environment," said Russell Lodge, CT Product Manager at Siemens Healthcare. "The Emotion supports a wide range of clinical applications and is a cost-effective, powerful CT solution."

When not in use for teaching or training purposes the Emotion has been a part of other research projects. These include the scanning of historical artefacts such as medieval daggers embedded in centuries of River Thames mud, a Roman cremation urn too fragile to open and recently the scanning of over 700 human bones from a Victorian cemetery where a study of medical operations, injuries and sickness was being carried out.

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