Interspectral's 3D visualization reveals extraordinary findings

22 November, 2016 - 13:28

The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities has opened their new Egyptian galleries to the public after 17 months of research and renovation. One of the main highlights is an advanced 3D visualization experience that supported the researchers to do exceptional discoveries. This new interactive visualization technology is provided by Interspectral, a spin-off company from Interactive Institute Swedish ICT. 

The museum has, as part of the remodelling, in collaboration with the Swedish visualization company Interspectral, gone through an 3D X-ray scanning and visualization project, making it possible to reveal more findings and introduce them to museum visitors in the new exhibition.

Thomas Rydell, CEO of Interspectral explains: ”In the visualization project we have 3D digitised a part of the museums mummy collection and we have supported the museum all the way from the scan of the mummies to the final in gallery user experience. During the process the researchers made some exceptional discoveries that will have impact in the research world."

The most important discovery came from exploring the three-meter-long mummified Egyptian 'giant crocodile', one of the finest animal mummies in the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, which turned out to be literally filled with surprises. A previous scan had already indicated that the giant crocodile was in fact two adolescent animals, but now evidence of fifty baby crocodiles being wrapped together in the exterior bindings of palm rope holding two larger crocodiles in place, has been revealed. Although baby crocodiles have been found wrapped inside other mummies, only one parallel is known wrapped in this particular way.

Bild: Interspectral

Curators Dr. Lara Weiss and Prof. dr. Maarten Raven at Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, says: “We did not expect new finds in this project because the mummies had been scanned before. The bigger was our surprise that the new interactive visualization technology provided by Interspectral made many new details visible.”

The findings are highly interesting for the research community and have been submitted to a high impact academic journal. The paper describes how high resolution CT scans, in combination with the interactive visualization tool Inside Explorer, have been critical to undertake the new research.

“We are very proud to see that our visualization technology can support the amazing research team at Rijksmuseum Oudheden in their work. Most importantly giving visitors to the new galleries a unique interactive experience, getting their hands on the actual research findings”, says Thomas Rydell, CEO of Interspectral.

Bild: Interspectral


Interspectral AB, a spin-off company from Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, is a visualization software company focused on volumetric rendering and 3D-digitization. Their core business is to develop and market their visualisation software Inside Explorer and provide custom solutions and professional services.

Inside Explorer and its predecessor Virtual Autopsy Table have gained vast international attention and have been featured in leading media such as BBCThe VergeNational Geographic, The Guardian, The TimesChannel 4, CBS News, and Heritage Daily.