Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances: Computed Tomography

19 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2019

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Amar Bhide

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Srikant Datar

Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit

Katherine Stebbins

Harvard Business School

Date Written: July 19, 2019

Abstract

We describe how Computed Tomography (CT) scanners - that combine x-rays and computers to image soft tissues of the brain and other organs -- have become a widely used diagnostic tool. Specifically, we chronicle the: 1) development of the first CT scanner (through the early-1970s); 2) rapid and enthusiastic adoption of CT scanning (until the late 1970s); 3) regulatory backlash against the perceived overuse of this expensive technology (in the 1980s); and 4) innovations that reignited growth (in the 1990s and 2000s).

Keywords: Health Care and Treatment, Technological Innovation, Innovation Strategy, Technology Adoption, Collaborative Innovation and Invention, Innovation and Invention, Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms

Suggested Citation

Bhide, Amar and Datar, Srikant and Stebbins, Katherine, Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances: Computed Tomography (July 19, 2019). Harvard Business School Accounting & Management Unit Working Paper No. 20-004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3429976 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3429976

Amar Bhide

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Srikant Datar (Contact Author)

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Katherine Stebbins

Harvard Business School ( email )

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United States

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