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Application of a robotic THz imaging system for sub-surface analysis of ancient human remains

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Stübling Eva-Maria, Rehn Arno, Siebrecht Tabea, Bauckhage Yannick, Öhrström Lena, Eppenberger Patrick, Balzer Jan C., Rühli Frank, Koch Martin,
Project Improvement of novel imaging technologies to study anatomical and pathological morpholo-gy in ancient human remains: Terahertz Imaging and Spectroscopy and Magnetic Reso-nance Imaging
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Scientific Reports
Volume (Issue) 9(1)
Page(s) 3390 - 3390
Title of proceedings Scientific Reports
DOI 10.1038/s41598-019-40211-7

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


We used a robotic-based THz imaging system to investigate the sub-surface structure of an artificially mummified ancient Egyptian human left hand. The results obtained are compared to the results of a conventional CT and a micro-CT scan. Using such a robotic THz system promises new insights into the sub-surface structure of human remains. The depth resolution of the THz images exceeds the resolution of a conventional CT scan and is comparable with a micro-CT scan. The advantage of THz measurements over micro-CT scans is the fact that even comparatively large samples, like complete bodies, can be scanned. These would not fit into a conventional micro-CT scanner.