JACK A. VENNES, M.D.
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Sophisticated diagnostic methods are proliferating rapidly. Fiberoptic endoscopy is giving us accurate information in body spaces, from the lateral ventricles to the knees. Month by month, new diagnostic criteria emerge from radionuclide imaging, computerized tomographic (CT) scanning, and ultrasonography. The trend is toward increasing precision, less morbidity, and less invasiveness, with surgery increasingly being reserved for management of preoperatively defined disease. But initial diagnostic costs are higher.
The precision and applicability of a diagnostic method are determined in part by the creativity and engineering skills of those who produce the hardware it requires. One of the major determinants of the
VENNES JA. New Diagnostic Skills: Costs and Choices. Ann Intern Med. ;86:650–651. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-5-650_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(5):650-651.
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