April 9, 1982

Computed Tomographic Scanning of the Brain

JAMA. 1982;247(14):1955-1958. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320390029032

A CONSENSUS Development Conference was held at the National Institutes of Health on Nov 4 to 6, 1981, to review scientific evidence related to computed tomographic (CT) scanning of the brain.

At the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Consensus Development Conference brings together investigators in the biomedical sciences, clinical investigators, practicing physicians, and consumer and special-interest groups to make a scientific assessment of technologies, including drugs, devices, and procedures, and to seek agreement on their safety and effectiveness.

On the first two days of the meeting, a consensus development panel and members of the audience heard evidence presented on the following key issues:

  • What are the indications and contraindications for employing CT scanning for diagnosis of intracranial lesions?

  • How much radiation is delivered by presently available CT scanning equipment?

  • To what extent has CT scanning influenced the treatment of intracranial disorders?

  • Has the availability of CT brain scanning influenced the