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Food for x ray

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:848
  1. Brian Witcombe, radiologist
  1. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester

    When my black Labrador had a shoulder x ray to help diagnose trouble with a front leg I couldn't interpret the images, and my limitations were underlined when the vet, in telephone conversation with a canine orthopaedist, referred to me, the owner of the patient, as a human radiologist. Immersed in medical matters, we forget too easily not only the veterinary but also the wider potential of radiology. Imaging can be used to detect engineering defects, to investigate mummies, to search for concealed stowaways, or to reveal a masterpiece concealed beneath another painting.

    Our computed tomographic scanner can detect the brown, mushy bits …

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