[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
April 6, 1984

Basic Principles of Computed Tomography

Author Affiliations

Geisinger Medical Center Danville, Pa

JAMA. 1984;251(13):1759-1760. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340370083044

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


This is a well-written book, and, as the title indicates, it is on the basic principles of computed tomography (CT). These basic principles, however, are not those of interpretation and evaluation of CT examinations but rather are the basic physics and mathematics for the concepts of CT. Background radiation physics, radiological technology, and computer theory are part of these discussions. There is little in the way of any clinical discussion other than one chapter on image display.

The book nicely goes into the background of conventional tomography and then the background and development of CT. The different types of CT scanning equipment are evaluated, including the various types of geometry used for scanning. A comparison of first, second, third, and fourth generation scanners is discussed.

These discussions are followed by a chapter in which there is a comparison of the theories and techniques of image reconstruction. A chapter on practical