Left Heart Catheterization

  • Satpal Arri
  • Brian ClappEmail author


The selective injection of contrast media into the right coronary artery of a middle-aged male by Mason Sones on October 30, 1958, introduced a new era in cardiovascular medicine that was to revolutionize our understanding and management of coronary disease. Two radiologists, Judkins and Amplatz, later used the Seldinger technique to gain access to the femoral artery. Independently, they designed pre-formed catheters, allowing easier intubation of the left and right coronary arteries as well as facilitating access to the left ventricle. This subsequently enabled the widespread dispersion of angiography as a diagnostic technique throughout the cardiology and radiology communities.


Coronary angiography Judkins Coronary catheter Revascularization Radial access Femoral access Seldinger Guide wire 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiothoracic Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustLondonUK

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