Tuesday, January 10, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - January 10, 1977

Today was a big day 40 years ago. I went in for a "complete skull EMI brain scan" (what we would call a CT scan today). Turns out "EMI" is just the brand of the CT scanner. There's some interesting history out there on not only EMI but also CT scanners. A few tidbits in case you're interested:

Here's a YouTube video on the EMI Scanner (circa 1975):

Also of note, "studies  that  had  been  done  by  mid-1977  showed  that  CT  head  scanners  perform   reliably   and   provide   accurate   diagnoses   of   nearly   all abnormalities   in   or near  the  brain  for  80  to  100  percent  of  patients." And that by early 1977, only 400 scanners were present in the US.

All told, pretty damn impressive that a baby, who isn't even a year old, is having a scan of this sort done. I have yet to hear from Dr. Melvin Cheatham, but this speaks volumes to me about his level of care for his patients.

Policy Implications of the Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner. November 1978. Accessed on January 4, 2017. http://ota.fas.org/reports/7813.pdf


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