The name of this new method of urographic visualization, which has become one of the most valuable aids in clinical diagnosis, deserves consideration. Since its inception it has been most often referred to by the term "intravenous urography," which was adopted to distinguish it from "cystoscopic" or "retrograde urography." It has also been referred to as "descending" or "excretion urography" by European observers. "Excretory urography" would seem the logical term, since it is physiologically descriptive and, in view of recent and portending advances in oral administration, would be quite acceptable.
The members of the medical profession have been inexcusably slow in availing themselves of the opportunities offered by excretory urography in the diagnosis of abdominal lesions. Judging from the frequent requests made by patients for excretory urography rather than cystoscopy, it might be inferred that laymen are more familiar with the method than some physicians. It should and probably will
BRAASCH WF. THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF EXCRETORY (INTRAVENOUS) UROGRAPHY. JAMA. 1933;101(24):1848–1852. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740490008002
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