PERUVIAN MUMMY TO UNDERGO IMAGING AT HOPKINS

May 10, 1996
Media Contact: Marc Kusintz
Phone: (410) 955-8665
E-mail: mkusinitz@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

A Johns Hopkins radiologist will use 20th-Century medical imaging technology to examine the remains of a 500-year-old Peruvian Incan mummy on Monday, May 13.

The mummified remains of a 12-to-14-year-old girl were among three discovered late last year on an expedition in the Peruvian Andes' Mount Ampato. The girl is believed to have been killed during a ritual sacrifice.

Elliot Fishman, M.D., professor of radiology, will examine the mummy using computed tomography (CT). He will use the results of the two-hour scan to create a three-dimensional image of the mummy employing a reconstruction technique he helped develop. The images will permit researchers to study the internal organs of the body without damaging the mummy.

The information may provide clues to the girl's health and diet, as well as the way she died.

The results of the examination will be presented at a press conference later in the month at the Washington headquarters of the National Geographic Society, which is sponsoring the research.

If you wish to cover the mummy's arrival at Hopkins, call me at (410) 955-8665; or Michael Purdy at (410) 955-8725. The mummy will not be directly visible when it arrives.

The mummy is scheduled to arrive in a refrigerated container near the entrance to the Oncology Center on Jefferson Street at 4:00 p.m. The sealed container will be transported to the radiology department to undergo the scan.

Members of the press are welcome to attend the arrival of the mummy at the first-floor entrance to the center. Fishman will be available to answer questions about his role in this project.


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