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April 27, 1984

Computed Body Tomography

Author Affiliations

Rush University Chicago

JAMA. 1984;251(16):2149. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340400075031

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Computed tomography (CT) was initially designed for evaluation of the brain, but has clearly become an important diagnostic tool for evaluation of the body. The presence of CT has supplemented other imaging techniques and has changed the traditional radiological diagnostic studies of various diseases. Radiologists must now weigh the advantages and disadvantages of various imaging techniques and determine which examination will benefit the patient. The authors of Computed Body Tomography have attempted to present a comprehensive text, designed primarily for radiologists, on the application of CT to the body.

Drawing on their own experiences, as well as those of their colleagues at the Mallinckrodt Institute, St Louis, the authors have detailed a method to study the various areas of the body. They concede that their approach is not absolute, but is intended to serve as a guide to the physician, while allowing integration of new information and techniques as they