Virtual unwrapping of a mummified hand

John Winder, W Glover, T Golz, J Wulf, S McClure, H Cairns, M Elliott

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The purpose of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility of medical virtual reality technologies in the investigation of a mummified hand. The Ulster Museum obtained the hand, which originated from Thebes, without any identifying information. The mummified hand was investigated using conventional X-ray and 3D multi-slice Computed Tomography (CT). Imaging revealed a range of fractures of the wrist, phalanges and finger bones whilst 3D CT demonstrated internal structures using volume rendering. The absence of any features of bone healing at the fracture sites would imply that they occurred just prior to death or in the mummified state possibly during excavation. Conventional X-ray imaging indicated that the hand, although small, was likely to have originated from an adult. Medical imaging and virtual reality display will enable us to produce a rapid prototyped model using fused deposition technology. Therefore, further paleopathological research can be performed on the specimen.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
EditorsJD Westwood, RS Haluck, HM Hoffman, GT Mogel, R Philips, RA Robb, KG Vosburgh
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages600
ISBN (Print)1-58603-583-5
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 24 Jan 2006
EventMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 14 - Los Angeles
Duration: 24 Jan 2006 → …


ConferenceMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 14
Period24/01/06 → …


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