Three-dimensional reconstruction of medieval child mummy in Yangju, Korea, using multi-detector computed tomography

In Sun Lee, Myeung Ju Kim, Dong Soo Yoo, Young Seok Lee, Sung Sil Park, Gi Dae Bok, Seung Ho Han, Yoon Hee Chung, Byung Soo Chang, Yang Su Yi, Chang Seok Oh, Dong Hoon Shin

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Recently reported studies on the medieval mummies in Korea have been regarded as an invaluable source for studying the physical characteristics of medieval Koreans. However, since the reported medieval mummies were re-buried by their descendants without any scientific investigations, the development of a brief, non-invasive investigation technique was desperately needed among the researchers in Korea. In this regard, we tried to apply high-quality multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) with three-dimensional (3D) reconstructions and multi-planar reformat (MPR) to investigate Korean mummies. In our study, after 1.25 or 2.5 mm thin slice axial images were taken, 3D reconstruction and MPR were performed to get more accurate information about internal organs. In this trial, we successfully showed high-quality images for the brain, muscles, bones, heart and liver. During various trials for getting selected organs, we could make the 3D reconstructed images of them. Since we could show that the current MDCT technique could be useful for obtaining high-quality 3D reconstructed images of the internal organs of Korean mummies, this technique will be used in forthcoming similar cases, which could not be investigated using invasive techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)558-568
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Anatomy
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2007

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Funding Information:
All the investigations were mainly superintended by Suk Joo-Sun Memorial Museum and Institute for Oriental Studies, Dankook University. We specially thank Ki Rok Choi, the producer of Korean Broadcast System, for his devotion to the preservation of Korean medieval mummies. The authors in this study did their best in their field to complete this study. Briefly, Lee IS and Yoo DS are for radiological examination; Park SS and Bok GD for archaeological arrangement; Han SH for the preservation of child mummy; Chung YH, Chang BS and Oh CS for their crucial roles in the analysis of the current data. This study was supported by grant number 04-2006-081 from the SNUH research fund.


  • Image database
  • Medieval mummy
  • Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT)
  • Three-dimensional reconstruction


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