Researchers use CT scan to learn more about mummy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Tuesday, workers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute used their high-tech gear to scan a mummy that was donated to the Buffalo Museum of Science in 1905.

Dr. Peter Loud explained, “What we’re doing is a high-resolution, state-of-the-art CT scan on the patient, which is kind of a virtual autopsy, that will allow us to see what’s inside the body and hopefully help our colleagues learn more about the age, the sex, or any possible disease processes that may be going on.”

From the scan, scientists were able to determine that the “patient” is a naturally mummified body of a child under the age of 2. Experts found no evidence of trauma to indicate a cause of death.

Over the next few weeks, a deeper analysis will be done to determine the child’s gender and learn more about his or her life.

Meanwhile, the museum is getting ready to host the exhibition Mummies of the World beginning on April 12. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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