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Article
February 1954

DACRYOCYSTOGRAPHYI. The Normal Lacrimal Apparatus

Author Affiliations

ST. LOUIS
From the Department of Ophthalmology, Washington University School of Medicine, and the Oscar Johnson Institute.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1954;51(2):180-195. doi:10.1001/archopht.1954.00920040182004
Abstract

IT HAS been almost half a century (1909) since roentgenographic methods were first applied to the study of the lacrimal drainage apparatus. Since then, although many ophthalmologists have had experiences with these methods, there exist only a few isolated papers available as reference material in this field. Conspicuously deficient has been information concerning the appearance of the normal lacrimal system. Also, there is a lack of experience on the part of the clinical radiologist, and as a result the value of lacrimal x-rays has been limited.

This study had for its purposes (a) the development of a simple, standardized clinical method for the roentgen examination of the lacrimal apparatus; (b) the determination of roentgenographic criteria for the normal system; (c) the selection of a contrast medium, eminently suited for lacrimal roentgenography and hitherto unreported for this purpose, and (d) emphasis on the aid which this technique may afford the clinical

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