HARVEY V. FINEBERG, M.D.
Computed tomography (CT) has been a cause célèbre in the American health care community since it was introduced into the United States in 1973. The CT scanner was then a dramatically new and expensive imaging device. Like a seed crystal dropped into a supersaturated solution, it became the focus of a rapidly expanding controversy over the value and cost of new medical technology.
In August 1978, the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the Congress of the United States published its report on the policy implications of computed tomography (1). This wide-ranging and well-organized document describes the principles of computed
FINEBERG HV. Medical Technology Policies and Computed Tomography. Ann Intern Med. ;90:114–115. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-90-1-114
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;90(1):114-115.
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