Spiral computer tomograph situated in the St. Petersburg clinical hospital №122 named after L. G. Sokolov, was a scanning of ancient Egyptian mummies from the collection of the Hermitage. According to a press release from the companies, scanning was carried out in the framework partnership agreement with the Museum.
It is suggested that further studying of the obtained data will allow to know the sex, the age of the exhibit and possible cause of death, but also to determine the presence of the body of various artifacts. In a press release reported that analysis will be involved, including forensic experts. After the scan results are sufficiently researched, they planned to tell the conference, which will be organized for this purpose.
According to experts, subjected to the scan of the Egyptian mummy is unique in that it has been preserved in its original form, through the veil, imposed for embalming.
In January this year on the x-ray computer tomograph was first scanned two mummies of the III century BC, discovered in the Pazyryk burial mound in the Altai mountains, and also stored in the State Hermitage. Then it was reported that while scanning, the scientists hoped to clarify what looked like mummified people in life, as well as to know their exact age, cause of death and the technology used in mummification. One of the examined mummies is a man (presumably the leader), who at the time of death was 55-60 years old, the second woman, who lived to about 45-50 years old and buried with him in the same grave.
For Russia, this practice is quite new in some other countries, such studies are gaining more and more popularity. In a press release it is reported that, in particular, this has involved experts of the British Museum. Also at the end of last year experts from the National Museum of natural history, Chile has received pictures of skulls and bones of mummies of the chinchorro Indians, considered the oldest found to date.