10/31/2014

Doctors ‘Unwrap’ a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy

11:33 minutes

A CT scan of the mummy Henut-Wedjebu, an Egyptian noblewoman who lived during 1300 B.C.
A CT scan of the mummy Henut-Wedjebu, an Egyptian noblewoman who lived during 1300 B.C.

Doctors use CT scans to create detailed 3-D images of their patients to diagnosis cancer, tumors, and broken bones. A team of radiologists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis paired with art curators to examine the lives of three Egyptian mummies, including a 3,000-year-old mummy named Henut-Wedjebu. Radiologist Sanjeev Bhalla shares what the scans have revealed so far about the life, and death, of these mummies. See more mummy scans here.

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Sanjeev Bhalla

Sanjeev Bhalla is a radiology professor and section chief of the Cardiothoracic Imaging Section at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

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