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July 9, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(2):146. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740540054024

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New Method of Taking Roentgenograms of the Lungs  Professor Torelli communicated recently to the Federazione per la lotta contro la tuberculosi in Rome a new method for the taking of lateral roentgenograms of the pulmonary apexes. In the ordinary lateral roentgenogram, the upper third of the pulmonary field is invisible because covered by the shadow of the shoulder, whereas in the lateral roentgenogram taken by the Borson-Kappenstein method (axilla-shoulder) only the upper part of the apex is visible. With the Torelli method, the patient is placed with the side toward the roentgen apparatus, with the arm of the side to be examined held high above the head, while the shoulder of the opposite side is allowed to droop. The exposure results better if preceded by radioscopy. The cone of rays enters the shoulder of the opposite side, traverses the upper part of the mediastinum, the upper third of the side

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