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September 10, 1982

Critical Diagnostic Pathways in Radiology: An Algorithmic Approach

Author Affiliations

Deaconess Hospital Washington University Medical School St Louis

JAMA. 1982;248(10):1247. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330100073046

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With the advent of new technology, the complexity and interrelationship of multiple diagnostic procedures currently available can be a continuous source of confusion, particularly since many of the modalities can achieve similar results. In radiology, this technological explosion has revolutionized the specialty. Because of the cost, complexity, and similarity of the results of some of these procedures, many hospitals have developed algorithms for a rational and cost-effective use of the available modes.

The editors have compiled algorithms for 28 common clinical problems by 40 distinguished authors who represent many of the leading institutions in this country and Great Britain. The authors first analyze the clinical and laboratory findings of a given problem. Then, the available diagnostic or imaging modalities are described, ranging from the simpler to the more complex techniques. At the end of the chapter, one or several algorithms, depending on the problem, are developed.

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