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February 18, 1983

Scanning the field of neuroradiology

JAMA. 1983;249(7):857-867. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330310003001

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The 1978 Symposium Neuroradiologicum in Weisbaden, West Germany, turned into a gloomy watch on the Rhine for some concerned neuroradiologists who were seeking signs of optimism concerning their future.

In contrast, when this international neuroradiological group (organized in 1939) held its quadrennial meeting in Washington last fall, the sun was shining—figuratively if not literally—along the Potomac, as symposium president Giovanni Di Chiro, MD, spoke of "a turning point, a new beginning" for neuroradiology.

Di Chiro recalled "the malaise and inquietude" of the Wiesbaden symposium, triggered by fears that "with its explicit anatomic display, the computed tomography [CT] image of the brain had simplified neuroradiological diagnosis" to the extent that there might be scant further need for neuroradiologists.

"Today, however, such fears are in great part allayed," said Di Chiro, who is chief, Neuroradiology and Computed Tomography Section, National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke (NINCDS), at the National