Museum, hospital collaborate in scan of mummified remains

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Museum officials in Ohio hope medical scans will reveal more about the mummified remains of a child that may have lived over 500 years ago in Peru.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and hospital staff donated time and equipment to help in the collaborative effort with the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Museum officials hope 3D scans performed this week at the hospital will provide information including gender, age and cause of death. The mummy is part of "Mummies of the World: The Exhibition" currently on display at the museum.

A museum official says the body wasn't intended to be mummified but it was found in an extraordinarily dry, high-altitude location.

The museum hopes to know results of the scan before the exhibit closes in April.

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