An Egyptian mummy undergoes a CT scan in order for researchers to investigate its history.(REUTERS)
An Egyptian mummy undergoes a CT scan in order for researchers to investigate its history.(REUTERS)

Hospital in Italy uses CT scan to discover secrets of Egyptian mummy

The mummy of Ankhekhonsu, an ancient Egyptian priest, was transferred from Bergamo's Civic Archaeological Museum to Milan's Policlinico hospital.
Reuters | , Bergamo, Italy
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2021 09:00 AM IST

Ancient Egypt met modern medical technology when a mummy underwent a CT scan at an Italian hospital as part of a research project to discover its secrets.

The mummy of Ankhekhonsu, an ancient Egyptian priest, was transferred from Bergamo's Civic Archaeological Museum to Milan's Policlinico hospital, where experts will shed light on his life and the burial customs of almost 3,000 years ago.

"The mummies are practically a biological museum, they are like a time capsule," said Sabina Malgora, the director of the Mummy Project Research.

An Egyptian mummy is seen next to its coffin at the Civic Archaeological Museum of Bergamo, Italy.(REUTERS)
An Egyptian mummy is seen next to its coffin at the Civic Archaeological Museum of Bergamo, Italy.(REUTERS)

Malgora said information on the mummy's name comes from the sarcophagus dated between 900 and 800 BC, where Ankhekhonsu - which means 'the god Khonsu is alive' - is written five times.

Researchers believe they can reconstruct the life and death of the Egyptian priest and understand which kinds of products were used to mummify the body.

Medical radiology technicians prepares a CT scan to do a radiological examination of an Egyptian mummy.(REUTERS)
Medical radiology technicians prepares a CT scan to do a radiological examination of an Egyptian mummy.(REUTERS)

"Studying ancient diseases and wounds is important for modern medical research ... we can study the cancer or the arteriosclerosis of the past and this can be useful for modern research," she said.

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