CT scans show first X-rayed mummy in new light

Images reveal how far radiography has come in 120 years

mummy image and CT scan

MUMMY MYSTERY  Little was known about this mummified Egyptian child (top) when German physicist Walter Koenig used X-rays to look beneath its wrappings in 1896. Modern CT scans provided a more informative peek, revealing, among other findings, a completely preserved skeleton (bottom).

S. Zesch et al/Euro. J. Radiol. Open 2016

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