First human transvenous coronary angiography at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

Academic Article


  • The first operation of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) medical beamline is reported in this paper. The goal of the angiography project is to develop a reduced risk imaging technique, which can be used to follow up patients after coronary intervention. After the intravenous injection of a contrast agent (iodine) two images are produced with monochromatic beams, bracketing the iodine K-edge. The logarithmic subtraction of the two measurements results in an iodine-enhanced image, which can be precisely quantified. A research protocol has been designed to evaluate the performances of this method in comparison with the conventional technique. Patients included in the protocol have previously undergone angioplasty. If a re-stenosis is suspected, the patient is imaged both at the ESRF and at the hospital with the conventional technique, within the next few days. This paper reports the results obtained with the first patients. To date, eight patients have been imaged and excellent image quality was obtained.
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    Author List

  • Elleaume H; Fiedler S; Estève F; Bertrand B; Charvet AM; Berkvens P; Berruyer G; Brochard T; Le Duc G; Nemoz C
  • Volume

  • 45
  • Issue

  • 9