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Statue of Christ X-rayed

An unusual patient was carried into the “Centre Hospitalier Régional de la Citadelle” in Liège, Belgium, on a stretcher, covered up like a corpse. The statue of Christ dating from the 14th century was hanging outdoor for a long time in a chapel in Engis, a province of Liège.

Study Finds Atherosclerosis in 3,500 Year old Egyptian Mummies

A team of cardiologists, found that atherosclerosis is not only a disease of modern man, but was present in humans as far back as 1,530 BC.
The imaging for this project was undertaken on a SOMATOM Emotion 6-slice configuration that was donated to the Museum as part of an earlier study in conjunction with National Geographic to image the famous mummified remains of King Tutankhamun.

Imaging Marine Animals with the SOMATOM Spirit

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ranks among the five largest in the world and has achieved a long list of “bests” and “firsts”. Now Churaumi Aquarium has become the first aquarium in Japan to use a CT scanner, specifically to diagnose marine animals.

Virtual Autopsy in Forensic Medicine

The methodology of autopsy has not undergone any major transformation since the 19th century. But new radiological imaging methods such as multi detector computed tomography (MDCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have the potential to become the main diagnostic tools in forensic pathology.

Nefertiti’s Bust – An Inside View

For decades, Nefertiti’s beauty has captivated museum visitors. But what is behind the perfect surface? Modern CT technology increasingly becomes interesting for historical, non-destructive investigations. So plaster layers and the limestone core of the world-famous bust can now easily be virtually separated and evaluated.

Cold-Water Corals as Climate Archives in the Ocean Depths

International deep-sea research over the last decade has led to the stunning discovery of lush coral gardens in the cold, dark waters of the deep. Much like tropical, shallow-water corals, their calcareous skeletons bear detailed chemical records of past climate. Computed tomography scans of sediment cores containing corals provide geologists with an outstanding mode of visualization.