KMBZ: The bones of ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertari scanned at a Kansas City hospital
One of the signature pieces of the exhibit, which is on loan from the renowned Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, are partial remains that are believed to be Queen Nefertari, the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Ramses II.
Dr. Randall Thompson, a nuclear cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, is also a member of the HORUS project which has gained national and international attention for their mummy research.
Representatives from Museo Egizio reached out to Dr. Thompson to ask if he would be willing to scan the leg bones and knees that are believed to be the remains of Queen Nefertari to examine the arteries in the knees for possible atherosclerosis.
"One of the main things we're looking for is if there's any arterial disease in the leg," Thompson told KMBZ Radio. "It's amazing. If there's calcium in the arteries, it lays down, and 3,000 years later you can still see it in a CT scan."