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Radiologic Contribution to Determining Brain Death


In 1968, an ad hoc committee at the Harvard Medical School produced the first set of criteria for determination of brain death, which they called "irreversible coma." Forty years later, the general concept of brain death has achieved widespread acceptance. There are 3 major elements to the determination of brain death: deep coma, absence of all brainstem reflexes, and apnea. In the United States, irreversible dysfunction of the brain and brainstem are required for a diagnosis of br more...
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