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Diagnostic Radiology

Norman E. Leeds, MD; Harold G. Jacobson, MD
JAMA. 1986;256(15):2086-2088. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380150096026.
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Developments in the burgeoning field of diagnostic radiology have continued apace. Four areas that represent either subspecialties or technological advances in diagnostic radiology will be considered in this report: ultrasonography, interventional radiology, nuclear radiology, and magnetic resonance. In no sense is the exclusion of other subdisciplines and modalities (eg, pediatric radiology, computed tomography) any indication of their lack of importance or their failure to include innovative concepts.

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