Milestones in Interventional Radiology

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X-ray

1895

Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen discovered X-rays.

Interventional tools

1960 - 1970

Tools for interventions such as heparinized guidewires, contrast injector, disposable catheter needles and see-through film changer.

Angioplasty

1964

Embolization therapy

1966

Embolization therapy to treat tumors and spinal cord vascular malformations by blocking the blood flow.

Closure of patent ductus arteriois

1967

Closure of the patent ductus arteriosis, a heart defect in newborns of a vascular opening between the pulmonary artery and the aorta.

Selective vasoconstruction infusions

1967

Selective vasoconstruction infusions for hemorrhage, now commonly used for bleeding ulcers, GI bleeding, and arterial bleeding.

Judkins Technique

1967

The Judkins technique of coronary angiography, the technique still most widely used around the world today.

Catheter-delivered stenting

1969

The catheter-delivered stenting technique and prototype stent

Percutaneous removal of common bile duct stones

1970 - 1979

Occlusive coils

1970 - 1979

Selective arterial embolization

1972

Selective arterial embolization for GI bleeding, which was adapted to treat massive bleeding in other arteries in the body and to block blood supply to tumors.

Embolization for pelvic trauma

1973

Transhepatic embolization

1974

Transhepatic embolization for variceal bleeding.

Selective arterial thrombolysis

1974

Selective arterial thrombolysis for arterial occlusions, now used to treat blood clots, stroke, DVT, etc..