Tuesday, 26 April 2011

CT scans of Egyptian mummy help solve crimes

After spotting a 2,700-year-old Egyptian mummy at the University of Vermont's Robert Hull Fleming Museum in Burlington, Dr Jason Johnson, a radiology resident, arranged to have it put through his hospital's state-of-the-art CT scanner. He wanted to know about the life of what is believed to be the remains of an Egyptian servant girl of about 14 - and what led to her death.

What Johnson did not expect, according to the Victoria Advocate, was that some of the scientific techniques used to reveal the mummy's secrets would have other applications, including helping Vermont's medical examiner and prosecutors determine if children who die in infancy are the victims of crimes.

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