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Virtual unwrapping of a mummified hand

Winder, John, Glover, W, Golz, T, Wulf, J, McClure, S, Cairns, H and Elliott, M (2006) Virtual unwrapping of a mummified hand. In: Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 14, Los Angeles. IOS Press. Vol 119 600 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategy
Ulster Business School
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
ID Code:28919
Deposited By: Dr John Winder
Deposited On:25 Mar 2014 11:03
Last Modified:25 Mar 2014 11:03

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