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November 1956

A Simple Apparatus for Rapid Serial Roentgenography: Design, Construction, and Operation

Author Affiliations

Jamaica, N. Y.
From the Surgical Service, Triboro Hospital for Thoracic Disease, Jamaica, N. Y. Director of Surgery, Triboro Hospital (Dr. Miscall).

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;73(5):839-843. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01280050107020

During the past decade, angiocardiography has been a widely employed diagnostic technique, owing largely to the efforts of Robb and Steinberg5 and Dotter and Steinberg.2 The importance of contrast visualization has been well established, and certainly it is more widely desired by radiologists, cardiologists, internists, and surgeons particularly. Experience has shown that such studies are most informative when multiple serial roentgenograms are made at very short intervals during the passage of the contrast medium through the heart and great vessels. Although cineroentgenography ultimately may become the method of choice in such examinations, at present not only is the detail inferior to that of direct roentgenography but also the cost of the equipment is high and its use rather technical. The trend has been toward rapid serial roentgenographic exposures with the use of either roll film or lightweight cassettes. Such equipment insures a comprehensive visualization. Although units of this