Case Histories of Significant Medical Advances: Development of Computed Tomography

17 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2019 Last revised: 9 Jun 2021

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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 University - Business School (HBS)

Date Written: May 15, 2021

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) the initial development of CT technology and markets (in the 1960s and 1970s); 2) Broadening of uses and users (in the 1980s); and 3) introduction and adoption of combination scanners (in the 1990s).

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: Development of Computed Tomography (May 15, 2021). 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

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Katherine Stebbins

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

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