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Tools & Techniques: angiographic views

EuroIntervention 2010;6:424-425.

Interventional Cardiology, International Heart Center, Elisabeth Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany

Cardiac catheterisation was introduced in 1929 when the German physician Werner Forssmann inserted a plastic tube in his cubital vein and guided it to the right chamber of the heart. In 1960 F. Mason Sones, a paediatric cardiologist, accidentally injected radiocontrast in a right coronary artery instead of the aortic root. He developed the procedure further, and is credited today with the discovery of selective coronary angiography.

Use of invasive angiography today

Today, invasive angiography is used for two main purposes in interventional cardiovascular medicine:

a) To establish a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease e.g., coronary and ...

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