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Left Heart Catheterization

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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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Arri, S., Clapp, B. (2018). Left Heart Catheterization. In: Myat, A., Clarke, S., Curzen, N., Windecker, S., Gurbel, P.A. (eds) The Interventional Cardiology Training Manual. Springer, Cham.

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