The introduction of computed tomography, with its high sensitivity and reasonable specificity, has resulted in a decrease in the use of scintigraphy of the brain. Routine use of both radionuclide scintigraphy and computed tomography is not currently justifiable. At Children’s Hospital in Boston about 700 scintigraphic studies of the brain were performed in 1972 while only 30 were done during 1983. Another important contribution in the diagnosis of cerebral disorders in newborns that has contributed to the decrease in radionuclide scans of the brain has been the development of cranial ultrasonography. Scintigraphic studies, however, remain useful in some clinical settings. In addition, hospitals that do not have access to computed tomography equipment rely more heavily on radionuclide studies in the evaluation of disorders of the central nervous system.
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