January 1, 1973

Medical News

JAMA. 1973;223(1):7-19. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220010005002

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Britons develop non-invasive diagnostic system  "Routine" diagnostic use of a recently-developed, computerized, axial tomography scanning unit will begin early in 1973 at the Atkinson Morley's Hospital in suburban London.The scanning unit is being evaluated at the hospital (which houses the neurological facilities of St. George's Hospital, London) while engineers complete refinements on a computer that will be "mated" with it. Until the specially designed computer is delivered, physicians at Morley's are taking their scanning data to a computer outside the hospital.While delivery of the 58 cm wide by 190 cm high (23 inches by 75 inches) mini-computer will signal the start of routine diagnostic work with the equipment, James A.E. Ambrose, MD, emphasizes that potential applications have just barely been tapped. Among the immediate possibilities, he thinks, are studies of the brain and thoracic cavity.Dr. Ambrose, head of neuroradiology at the St. George's complex, directs the only radiological