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Myths and Legends: Imhotep

Imhotep

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Imhotep was the royal physician, master architect of the first pyramids in Egypt, philosopher, statesman, and advisor. Because of his wide range of achievements, he was counted among the gods by later generations. In this axial CT of the chest, the deified Imhotep represents the mediastinum and the lung fields enveloping the heart. Inside the heart one can see scenes from upper (left chambers) and lower (right chambers) Egypt. The moonrise in the left atrium marks the centroid of the mediastinal contents and lies over Imhotep's own heart.

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