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March 1929

ROENTGEN OBSERVATIONS ON SAFETY-PINS AS FOREIGN BODIES

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;9(3):245-250. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620030263002
Abstract

The object in this paper is to show the kind of help that the roentgen department at the Jefferson Hospital gives Dr. Jackson and his associates in solving the problems connected with safety-pins as foreign bodies. The safety-pin causes approximately 12 per cent of the foreign body cases in Dr. Jackson's series.

DIAGNOSIS

The function of the roentgenologist is mainly diagnostic. This function involves not only the actual diagnosis of the presence or absence of the foreign body, but in positive cases, a description of the location of the safety-pin, its size, the distribution of its parts, its physical characteristics and conditions, its effect on surrounding tissues, the variation or progress from day to day when it is not removed immediately and the anatomic characteristics of the patient. After the pin has been removed, roentgenograms should show its absence and the condition of the patient. A negative diagnosis

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