Researchers Analyze Ancient Hearts
Imaging doesn’t just provide a window into a patient’s current diagnosis; it gives insight into past diagnoses as well. Last year, archaeologists in France discovered five heart-shaped burial urns, dating back to the late 16th or early 17th century. Unsurprisingly, each container held an embalmed human heart. A team of radiologists was called in to interpret MRI and CT scans on the organs and shed some light on heart conditions several hundred years ago. While one of the hearts appeared healthy, three of the hearts showed significant plaque on the coronary arteries, indicating that present-day heart conditions existed then too.