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How To Apply Case Series Review Results To Evaluation Of Individual Cases In Diagnostic Radiology
Author(s): J. R. Thornbury; D. G. Fryback; L. R. Kuhns
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Paper Abstract

Probability theory provides a simple method for physicians to use their "intellectual linkages" to their past clinical experience in making current diagnoses. Only a pencil and paper are required for making a few likelihood calculations. To illustrate this method, evaluation was done of a new diagnostic sign (presence of knee ossification centers) for differentiating rubella from cytomegalic inclusion infection in young infants. Two practical questions can be answered by use of this likelihood method: 1) How certain can one be about either diagnosis when centers are present or absent? 2) How can other radiologists apply these results to their individual cases?

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 1979
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0173, Application of Optical Instrumentation in Medicine VII, (6 July 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957166
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J. R. Thornbury, University of Wisconsin (United States)
D. G. Fryback, University of Wisconsin (United States)
L. R. Kuhns, University of Wisconsin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0173:
Application of Optical Instrumentation in Medicine VII
Joel E. Gray, Editor(s)

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