Historical Background of Vascular Imaging
Imaging of the cardiovascular system has been transformed over the past 35 years by advances and innovations in technology of non-invasive imaging modalities. These enhancements have currently provided diagnostic quality imaging of arteries about 1 mm in diameter in some areas of the body. Advances in electronic components and computer technology have had pivotal roles in accelerating imaging processing and storage capacity. Widespread digital formats have allowed an electronic environment of immediate image transmission throughout our hospitals, communities and, indeed, the world. Such information transfer allows imaging data and reports to become part of the entire electronic medical record.