The imaging revolution has assumed great prominence in the medical world in the past year or two.
Few organ systems or structures of the body remain inaccessible with at least one of the new tools of radiology, though improvements are still needed. Last year, in fact, radiology equipment claimed the greatest part of most hospital budgets.
To comment on these major changes, JAMA MEDICAL NEWS sought out Herbert L. Abrams, MD, chairman of the Department of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston.
For over 20 years, Abrams has been at the forefront of many advances that have led up to the present "revolution," particularly in the field of cardiovascular radiology.
For example, while first teaching at Stanford more than two decades ago, he helped develop biplane cineangiocardiography linked to image amplification. "It's taken a while for the rest of the world to catch up,"