Evolution of diagnostic neuroradiology from 1904 to 1999

N. E. Leeds, S. A. Kieffer

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Neuroradiology began in the early 1900s soon after Roentgen discovered x rays, with the use of skull radiographs to evaluate brain tumors. This was followed by the development of ventriculography in 1918, pneumoencephalography in 1919, and arteriography in 1927. In the beginning, air studies were the primary modality, but this technique was supplanted by angiography in the 1950s and 1960s. The first full-time neuroradiologist in the United States was Cornelius G. Dyke at the New York Neurological Institute in 1930. Neuroradiology took a firm hold as a specialty in the early 1960s when Dr Juan M. Taveras brought together fourteen neuroradiologists from the United States and Canada to establish the nucleus of what was to become the American Society of Neuroradiology, or ASNR. This society's initial goals were to perform research and to advance knowledge within the specialty. Neuroradiologists initially were able to diagnose vascular disease, infections, tumors, trauma, and alterations in cerebrospinal fluid flow, because the brain structure was invisible. Neuroradiology was forever changed with computed tomography (CT) because the brain structure became visible. Soon thereafter, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was developed, and it not only provided anatomic but also made possible vascular and physiologic functional imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-318
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


  • Brain, CT
  • Brain, MR
  • Cerebral angiography
  • Myelography
  • Radiology and radiologists, history
  • Reflections
  • Spinal cord, MR


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