1 October 1997 Laser, the physician, and the vessels
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The concept of relieving vascular stenoses by inflating a balloon mounted on the tip of a catheter was a major breakthrough in the treatment of cardiovascular disease when it was initiated in the late 1970s by Gruentzig in Zurich, Switzerland. The latter took advantage of the earlier concept by Dotter in the 1960s, who thought that passing a catheter through a vessel stenosis could enlarge the lumen, thus restablishing an adequate flow distal to the lesion. It took 15 more years to build up a catheter with an inflatable balloon that could push aside the obstructing material and compact it against the vessel wall to restore an adequate lumen.
Herbert J. Geschwind, "Laser, the physician, and the vessels," Journal of Biomedical Optics 2(4), (1 October 1997). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.281531 . Submission:
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