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May 16, 1977

Computed Brain and Orbital Tomography: Technique and Interpretation

JAMA. 1977;237(20):2236-2237. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270470072038

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This text of 276 pages highlights the basic physical principles of computerized tomography in language readily understood by the practicing physician or student of medicine. Computerized tomographic artifacts and samples of errors, common within the experience of these sophisticated studies, are well described.

The section of neuroanatomy clearly presents illustrations that include the computerized tomographic section for which the projection of the scan has been obtained and the corresponding cut for the gross anatomic display. A corresponding scan is so labeled that the correlation between the gross specimen and the scan is easily recognized.

The section on pathological conditions diagnosed with computerized brain scan shows good reproduction of the scan along with presentation of the clinical data, the technique and description of the scan, and the final interpretation of the examination. Scattered throughout this section are appropriate correlated neuroradiologic studies.

Among the many examples in the section on trauma, three