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December 1937


Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;18(6):926-932. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850120060007

Iodized poppy-seed oil, an opaque contrast medium, has been utilized for the roentgenologic exploration of various cavities and organs of the body, such as the bronchopulmonary apparatus, the spinal cord, the paranasal sinuses and the genito-urinary tract. The purpose of the present investigation was to determine the value of the iodized oil in the roentgenologic exploration of the tracts and cavities about the eye. At the same time an attempt was made to ascertain its usefulness as a therapeutic agent in various diseases of the eye.

Iodized poppy-seed oil is a definite chemical combination of iodine and poppy-seed oil. It is not a solution of iodine in poppy-seed oil but represents a stable chemical union between these two substances. The standard preparation contains 40 per cent pure iodine by weight yet does not give the ordinary tests for iodine. At room temperature the oil is viscid, but heating to 35

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