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March 1978

Computed Tomography of the Brain

Arch Neurol. 1978;35(3):184. doi:10.1001/archneur.1978.00500270066020

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Dr Ramsey has published an excellent general introductory text to the interpretation of computerized tomographic (CT) scans. She uses the format of case presentations with CT scans and correlated radionuclide or contrast radiologic studies.

In general, the quality of the CT scans and other photographs is good. The important points of interest are identified by arrows. The text is succinct and appropriate.

A problem that cannot be avoided is the rapid evolution of the use of the CT scan, which outdates some of this material. The newer three-dimensional scanners and use of newer contrast media are omitted.

The case for the use of CT scans in the identification of saccular aneurysms may have been overstated. More emphasis on the associated hematoma or infarction and less on the identification of the aneurysm itself would be helpful for the student learning the fundamentals.

I think this volume would be helpful as an

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