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June 17, 1983

Computed Tomography in the Evaluation of Trauma

Author Affiliations

Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center Chicago

JAMA. 1983;249(23):3253. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330470073043

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This book is a concise, visually pleasing treatise on the use of computed tomography (CT) in evaluating the most common sites of occult trauma. The seven chapters discuss trauma of the head, face, larynx, spine, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. While it is a multiauthored text, the editors have written all or part of five of the seven chapters.

The bulk of the illustrations are of extremely high quality. In many instances, there are two illustrations per page, which facilitates the exposition of points the authors wish to make. Most of the scans used for illustration are from the latest generation of scanners and are well selected to show a broad spectrum of injuries. They include conventional axial computed tomograms and many illustrations in which reformating techniques were essential to make the diagnosis. Each chapter is followed by an extensive bibliography that usually includes many 1982 references.

The chapter on facial