Hungarian Radiology

[XV. Symposium and Postgradual Training of the Pediatric Radiologists]

KIS Éva1

OCTOBER 20, 2007

Hungarian Radiology - 2007;81(05-06)

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  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, I. Sz. Gyermekklinika, Budapest

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