2,500-year-old battle wound X-rayed

Published on July 5th, 2013 | by Admin

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A musculoskeletal and body imaging radiologist has X-rayed a 2,500-year-old arrow-pierced arm bone that belonged to a Greek soldier.

There was a barbed component to the arrowhead that could not be seen with the naked eye. The full extent of the remaining arrowhead could now be seen and was seated superficially within the bone, located only within the cortex, or outer shell. This supported Agelarakis’s notion that the arrowhead could have been removed if not for its barbed component.

There was a large bony (osseous) spur adjacent to the arrowhead, which make sense as the human body can form extra bone material in response to trauma. Such spurs take many months to fully mature, which implies that the soldier lived for a long time after the injury. Also, there was no bony erosion adjacent to the arrowhead, confirming that the arrowhead did not cause life-threatening infection.

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Story: Dr. Helise Coopersmith, North Shore-LIJ Health System | Photo: North Shore-LIJ Health System

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