The recent collection of bones found under a Leicester council car park have been identified by the Asteral maintained Radiology department at University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust as the remains of the last Plantagenet, King Richard III, who died in 1485.
Imaging equipment at the Radiology department of Leicester Royal Infirmary was able to scan the 500 year old bones and highlight numerous injures, along with a curvature of the spine, in King Richard III’s skeleton. A team from the Radiology department produced detailed images of the bones using post mortem CT scanning, similar to protocols that are used for normal clinical scanning, and with the aid of a bespoke polystyrene template were able to reconstruct images to make a ‘virtual’ three dimensional model of the King’s skeleton.
Shona Campbell, Consultant Radiologist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “Our Radiology department contains some of the most state-of-the-art imaging equipment available. The interesting find enabled us to continue our interest in post-mortem CT scanning, to produce detailed images of the bones and skeleton of King Richard III. It was wonderful to be part of such an unusual investigation.”
Trevor Powis, Asteral’s General Manager for Radiology said, “The Radiology department at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust have had a thrilling involvement in this discovery. It’s exciting for Asteral that the equipment we provide at Leicester Royal Infirmary as part of our managed equipment multiLIFE service has been used to assist with the verification of such an interesting find. The use of the CT scanning equipment means that a full record of the skeleton has been documented for future analysis after the bones have been re-buried.”