During the past 10–15 years, clinical medicine and medical research have experienced an unprecedented technological growth. Of all the medical disciplines, diagnostic radiology has likely experienced the greatest impact of this growth. The introduction of computerized axial tomography, for example, demonstrated to the Radiology community the practical application and utility of computer-assisted image acquisition, processing, presentation, and analysis. This major advance, along with the introduction of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in vivo nuclear magnetic spectroscopy (NMR), positron emission tomography (PET), digital radiography, and interventional radiology, has dramatically altered the manner in which the radiologist in particular and radiology departments in general function in patient care, teaching, and research. These advances provide diagnostic radiology with unique academic growth and development opportunities that are more available now than ever before.
James H. Anderson
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