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July 3, 1967

Brain Scanning in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics (Drs. Lorentz and Simon) and the Nuclear Medicine Service (Dr. Benua), University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

JAMA. 1967;201(1):5-7. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130010031006

The results of brain scanning in a series of 97 children are reported. Brain scanning would seem to be a safe, accurate diagnostic screening procedure for suspected intracranial neoplasms. The higher frequency of infratentorial neoplasms in children limits its usefulness as a definitive diagnostic procedure. With the exception of space occupying lesions, the value of scanning in nonneoplastic lesions such as brain abscesses or arteriovenous malformations has not been well established.