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Brain imaging in the era of bell bottoms

Arrival of the CT scanner at Yale

“We are proposing that the Yale-New Haven Hospital acquire the EMI scanner, [which] represents the most revolutionary advance in neuroradiologic evaluation of patients. …” So begins the December 1973 letter from E. Leon Kier, M.D., HS ’66, that would lead to Yale-New Haven Hospital’s acquisition of Connecticut’s first computed tomography (CT) scanner. The first-of-its-kind scanner that Kier refers to in the letter was named after the company where it was developed, the EMI record label, which also had an independent electrical and computer engineering arm. (Profits generated by the British label’s top artists—four young Liverpudlians named John, Paul, George, and Ringo—supported EMI’s investment in the CT...

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