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March 1945

VALUE OF ROUTINE ROENTGENOGRAPHIC STUDIES OF WAR INJURIES OF THE HEAD AND NECK

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MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

Arch Otolaryngol. 1945;41(3):216-217. doi:10.1001/archotol.1945.00680030242010

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Abstract

The case to be presented gives pictorial evidence of the value of routine roentgenographic studies in dealing with all war injuries of the head and neck in which the presence of a foreign body is remotely suspected. Routine roentgenographic examination of all injuries of the head and neck has been adopted as a matter of policy in the otolaryngologic, ophthalmologic and maxillofacial departments of the evacuation hospital at which I am stationed since its first admission of war casualties in February 1942. The use of this additional diagnostic safeguard has amply rewarded the medical officer for the care expended by rendering valuable information concerning the retention of radio-opaque foreign bodies in war injuries of the head and neck in patients in whom the presence of these foreign bodies would otherwise have passed unnoticed. In several instances it has saved the inevitable clinical complications and professional embarrassment that accompany the omission

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