SCINTILLATION brain scanning is a useful, simple, and relatively innocuous procedure for the detection and localization of intracranial disease in the pediatric age-group. Because scintillation scanning methods have in the last decade become quite sophisticated, they now represent an important diagnostic tool. The purpose of this paper is to present general principles of scintillation brain scanning and our experience with it in children through illustrative case material.
It is not our intention to compare the accuracy of brain scanning with that of radiographic contrast studies in children. We do not have enough cases to do this with validity, and in any event we feel that these various procedures should be regarded as adjuncts, not competitors. The virtue of brain scanning as compared to contrast studies lies not in greater accuracy of detection but in complete absence of morbidity and mortality. Moreover, when successful in detecting a space-occupying lesion it generally