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August 6, 1982

An Anatomical Aid for the Evaluation of Computed Tomography Scans: A Photographic Cross-section Atlas of the Head and Neck with CT Images and Graphic Reconstructions

JAMA. 1982;248(5):599. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330050081053

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Computed tomography (CT) has already changed the practice of neuroradiology and neurosurgery. Improved technology and the high resolution of third- and fourth-generation scanners have increased the potential of CT of the head and neck.

The authors of this well-prepared and detailed atlas have attempted to cover "the missing anatomic details" of conventional CT scanning of the brain. Anatomically, they have succeeded. Photographs of the thin-sectioned specimens are superb. Classic anatomic labeling is precise. Graphic reconstructions of "clinically relevant" structures give the three-dimensional detail applicable to reconstruction in longitudinal and axial planes.

Unfortunate, and readily acknowledged by the authors, is the use of an early generation scanner, whose images pale next to the excellent photographic sections. Additionally, CT images through the neck are not included.

The authors believe that their atlas will appeal to neurologists and neurosurgeons rather than radiologists. However, with the capabilities of newer scanners and the increasing number