SSRL angiogram, 5/1986
The first synchrotron radiation coronary angiogram recorded on a human subject occurred in May 1986 at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL). The study is believed to have been the first synchrotron radiation imaging procedure performed on a human being. As of 2002, some 500 intravenous coronary angiograms had been recorded at SSRL, NSLS, DESY, and ESRF, all without complication. By 2010, the American Heart Association reports that over 600,000 such procedures are being performed annually in the United States. (In the angiogram, the following structures are identified: AO, ascending aorta; LV, left ventricle; IMA, internal mammary artery; LAD, left anterior descending coronary artery; RCA, right coronary artery.)
The team of experimenters present at the time of the first human coronary angiography procedure, conducted on SSRL beamline 4-2 in 1986; (left to right) Bill Thomlinson, John Otis, Bob Hofstadter, John Giacomini, Al Thompson, Herb Zeman, George Brown, and Ed Rubenstein.
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