DAVID H. SPODICK, M.D., D.SC.
To the editor: Leighton and Goodenday's editorial on cardiac imaging (1) concisely marshals the evidence and lucidly presents the problem of cost-effectiveness in its current contexts. One may take exception, however, to labeling these techniques noninvasive. I know this is now common usage and the authors are correct that radionuclide angiography should be more reliable than "noninvasive" techniques. Yet, how can any technique be considered noninvasive that requires penetration of skin and blood vessels, injection of radioactive material, and radiation (from within outward) of body tissues? The "noninvasive" coinage, of course, is not the authors' fault but it is deplorable
SPODICK DH. "Noninvasive". Ann Intern Med. ;99:569. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-4-569_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(4):569.
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