Within months of the first report of the x-ray, Harvey Cushing, an intern at Massachusetts General Hospital and the future surgeon in chief at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, recognized the impact of Roentgen's discovery on medical practice. As Evens points out in this issue of THE JOURNAL, radiology developed rapidly as an important diagnostic and therapeutic modality.2 A century later, radiology has become a mainstay of medical diagnosis and patient management.
Today, advanced technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography, ultrasound, and radiotracer imaging are called on routinely to provide clinicians with information essential for efficient and effective treatment. The newest of these technologies, MRI, continues to be exploited for its vast potential. The development of high-speed MRI has led to quantitative methods for tissue characterization and for measuring tissue perfusion and blood flow. These methods promise not only to expand our diagnostic potential particularly in
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