The primary thrust of this paper concerns itself with the tremendous impact diagnostic imaging technology has had on the medical community, specifically in the arena of neurological diagnosis and surgery. Beginning with the advent of the X-ray, the work moves through the 115 years of imaging history, eventually concluding with an in depth discussion of the modern CAT scan and MRI procedures.
The paper’s eventual thesis is that diagnostic imaging technology is an extension of the physical exam and just as important in the modern age. The integration of technology with physical examination is explored clearly. Furthermore, it predicts future technology involvement in the health care system as Dr. Filler sees imaging as an irreplaceable tool to overcome neurological ailments and discover novel means of curing patients.