domingo, 18 de diciembre de 2011

Momia de Tahemaa

Patient aged 2,500 in for tests
A team of radiographers at a London university have been preoccupied with a patient somewhat older than most - 2,500-year old Egyptian mummy Tahemaa.

Specialists at City University in Islington, north London, used a CT scanner to learn more about how she died without damaging the corpse.

They discovered that, unusually, the brain had been left inside the mummy - suggesting an apprentice embalmed her.

Tahemaa lived in a temple in Luxor, southern Egypt, and died aged about 28.

Jayne Morgan, a senior lecturer in radiography at City University London, led the team.

She said: "It is the first time I have had such an old patient.

"But you suddenly realise you are still scanning a human being - even if it is 2,500 years old.

"You scan it in exactly the same way as a human patient.

"But because the mummy is stationary it gives you less problems with movement."

Ms Morgan said the team's principle emotion was wonder.

"The brain was still completely intact", said Ms Morgan. "We could see a fracture in her leg bone in very fine detail."

The scanner, usually used to train would-be radiographers, is valued at nearly £1m.

It uses radiation to provide high resolution images of the body - and cast fresh light on the "health" of Tahemaa, who is owned by the Bournemouth Natural Sciences Society.

Researchers discovered her thigh bone was broken after death.

Apart from the poor condition of her teeth - shared by many Ancient Egyptians owing to the tough bread they ate - Tahemaa was in good physical condition when she died.

The team were unable to establish what killed her, though they dispelled a previous belief she may have suffered a blow to the face.

A scan carried out 16 years ago showed a mark across the face - but the far more advanced equipment used today revealed it as nothing but fuzz on the image.

Tahemaa's ancient rags are in acute contrast with scanner's modern lines


This artist's impression of Tahemaa suggests how she may have looked

Momia de 2,500 años se escanea en Londres

Un cuerpo momificado egipcio femenino conocido como "Tahemaa"de 2,500 años de antigüedad, se escanea en el Centro de SaadRadiografía

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