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September 28, 1940

Tomography

JAMA. 1940;115(13):1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810390067038

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Abstract

The author has attempted to demonstrate the value of tomography in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis. Those not familiar with the term will appreciate the explanation that tomography is intended to indicate sectional radiography. It has otherwise been described as planigraphy, stratigraphy and laminagraphy. One author has referred to the instrument for making tomograms as an "x-ray focusing machine." In other words, it is a method whereby the parts to be examined may be studied at previously determined depths. The author argues that tomography is superior to the stereoscopic method. Numerous illustrations illuminate the work, which is in atlas form. The author is not very convincing in his attempt to minimize the value of the stereoscopic method in pulmonary tuberculosis. In certain cases tomography seems to have definite superior value.

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