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March 22, 1958

THE SCATTER ROENTGENOGRAM: ITS APPLICATION TO THE DETERMINATION OF PREDILECTION OF PRIMARY TUBERCULOSIS

Author Affiliations

Middletown, N. Y.

Director of Radiology, The Elizabeth A. Horton Memorial Hospital.

JAMA. 1958;166(12):1472-1473. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.62990120012011d
Abstract

It is the purpose of this communication to reintroduce the scatter roentgenogram as a method of statistical roentgen analysis. The scatter roentgenogram is defined as a normal radiograph of any portion of the body upon which data obtained from study of x-rays of a large number of individuals are plotted. It is similar to the statistician's scattergram, except that in place of ordinate and abscissa one utilizes the radiograph as the background upon which clinical data are plotted.

Such a method was utilized by Peterson and Holmes1 when they plotted the location of urinary calculi in 100 patients on a scout film of the abdomen. Study of the abdominal scatter roentgenogram produced indicated the predominant location of stones in a relatively small area medial to the spine of the ischium and just above a line joining the lowest part of the ischial spines. They suggested, therefore, that the roentgenologist

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