A stack of transverse computer tomograms (as seen on the left) is the basic material for the Virtual Mummy. The sagittal (center) and coronal (right) cross-sections are reconstructed from this basic material.
An image sequence of reconstructed perspective views simulates the unwrapping of the mummy. Four partially colored light sources serve as illumination. The light from below creates a somewhat ghosty impression.
The head is covered by a painted mask made of linen. Underneath lies the crown of justification (yellow). The skull is wrapped in several layers of linen (orange). At the back of the skull, traces of hardened ointment can be found (red). A stick serves as stabilization for the head (green). The mummy still rests in the original lower part of the 2300 year-old coffin (violet).
For presentation of the Virtual Mummy, there are no limits to imagination (left). Computer graphics makes it also possible to arbitrarily choose the position of the observer. For example, the virtual camera can placed in the oral cavity (center), so that a view of the teeth is created (right).
The program can also calculate artificial X-ray images, for example a panoramic radiograph of the teeth of the mummy, similar to those commonly used by dentists. It shows some interesting findings.
Depth perception can be enhanced by a stereogram of the image. These pictures should be viewed with red/green glasses. Colors are lost, though, when using this method.
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