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The EMI scanner.

Ambrose, James E.
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About this work


Dr James Ambrose enthusiastically introduces the subject of EMI brain scanning, a relatively new technology when this programme was made - now referred to as computed tomography or CT scanning. He begins by describing how the EMI scanner is a far better diagnostic tool than other current methods for looking at the brain: "it requires no great stretch of the imagination to see that what we have required for a long time now is a system which would enable us to look at the structure of the brain without causing the patient fear or discomfort." For the rest of the lecture, Ambrose gives a history of the discovery of EMI scanning, practical demonstrations of the scanner and case studies leading to diagnoses. He uses scans, graphs and diagrams to illustrate his points.


London : University of London Audio-Visual Centre, 1975.

Physical description

1 videocassette (Umatic) (34.43 min.) : 1 videocassette (1-inch) (34.43 min.) : 1 videocassette (digibeta) (34.43 min.) : 1 DVD (34.43 min.) : sound, black and white, PAL. sound, black and white, PAL. sound, black and white, PAL. sound, black and white, PAL.


Copyright note

University of London


This video is one of around 310 titles, originally broadcast on Channel 7 of the ILEA closed-circuit television network, given to Wellcome Trust from the University of London Audio-Visual Centre shortly after it closed in the late 1980s. Although some of these programmes might now seem rather out-dated, they probably represent the largest and most diversified body of medical video produced in any British university at this time, and give a comprehensive and fascinating view of the state of medical and surgical research and practice in the 1970s and 1980s, thus constituting a contemporary medical-historical archive of great interest. The lectures mostly take place in a small and intimate studio setting and are often face-to-face. The lecturers use a wide variety of resources to illustrate their points, including film clips, slides, graphs, animated diagrams, charts and tables as well as 3-dimensional models and display boards with movable pieces. Some of the lecturers are telegenic while some are clearly less comfortable about being recorded; all are experts in their field and show great enthusiasm to share both the latest research and the historical context of their specialist areas.

Creator/production credits

Presented by Dr James Ambrose, Radiologist, Atkinson Morley's Hospital. Produced by David Clark. Made for British Postgraduate Medical Federation. Made by University of London Audio-Visual Centre.



  • English

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