ST. PAUL, Minn.-- It's not a matter of life or death, because he's already dead.
Still, folks at the Science Museum of Minnesota hope performing a CT scan on their prized mummy will reveal new secrets about his life and why he died.
Radiology specialists at Children's Hospital in St. Paul plan to conduct the scan Friday afternoon. While the museum already has a scan and other X-ray studies from 1983, researchers hope to learn even more by using new, rapidly developing imaging equipment.
They hope the scan yields a 3-D model of the mummy's inner workings and reveals new details about his life, a more precise age and his cause of death. The results will be released ahead of the highly anticipated Feb. 18 opening of an exhibit on King Tut.
The mummy was donated to the museum in 1925. Researchers think he was a priest more than 3 thousand years ago during ancient Egypt's 18th Dynasty, which included King Tut.
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