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Smithsonian Uses Siemens CT Scanner to Unlock Secrets of the Past
Date:10/27/2011

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History has pioneered the use of CT scanning technology in non-invasive scientific research. Now, with the gift of a Siemens SOMATOM Emotion 6 CT scanner from Siemens Healthcare, Smithsonian researchers are acquiring information about museum objects that is fundamentally changing the way scientists examine specimens.

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"For more than a century scientists have pursued the mysteries of the natural world through the study of specimens in Smithsonian collections," said Cristian Samper, director of the National Museum of Natural History. "The presence of the Siemens CT scanner in our anthropology department has revolutionized the way we look at everything from mummies and dinosaur fossils, to the Smithsonian's priceless collection of Stradivarius violins. This donation and its importance to Smithsonian research is significant."

"Siemens Healthcare is proud and honored to have a longstanding relationship with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History dating back to 1992," said Kulin Hemani, vice president, Computed Tomography, Siemens Healthcare USA.  "The donation of the SOMATOM Emotion 6 CT scanner will enable the Smithsonian to continue to advance its research efforts on the most important artifacts of our history."

The National Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent research institutions in the field of the natural sciences. With more than 126 million specimens in its collections – the largest in the world – the museum is a repository for examples of the diversity of life on earth and humanity's common heritage. Under the leadership of anthropologist Bruno Frohlich, Smithsonian scientists and curators utilize the CT scanner on a daily basis to enrich our understanding of the n
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