Charles Theodore Dotter

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Charles Theodore Dotter (1920–1985) was a pioneering US vascular radiologist who is credited with developing interventional radiology.[1] Dotter, together with his trainee Dr Melvin P. Judkins, described angioplasty in 1964.[2]

Dotter invented angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used to treat peripheral arterial disease. On January 16, 1964, Dotter percutaneously dilated a tight, localized stenosis of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) in an 82-year-old woman with painful leg ischemia and gangrene who refused leg amputation. After successful dilation of the stenosis with a guide wire and coaxial Teflon catheters, the circulation returned to her leg. The dilated artery stayed open until her death from pneumonia two and a half years later.[3] He also developed liver biopsy through the jugular vein, initially in animal models[4] and in 1973 in humans.[5]

Charles Dotter is commonly known as the "Father of Interventional Radiology."

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  1. ^ Payne M (2001). "Charles Theodore Dotter: The Father of Intervention". Tex Heart Inst J 28 (1): 28–38. PMC 101126. PMID 11330737. 
  2. ^ Dotter C, Judkins M (1 November 1964). "Transluminal treatment of arteriosclerotic obstruction. Description of a new technic and a preliminary report of its applications" (PDF). Circulation 30 (5): 654–70. doi:10.1161/01.CIR.30.5.654. PMID 14226164. 
  3. ^ Rosch Josef et al. (2003). "The birth, early years, and future of interventional radiology". J Vasc Interv Radiol 14 (7): 841–853. doi:10.1097/01.RVI.0000083840.97061.5b. PMID 12847192. 
  4. ^ Dotter CT (February 1964). "Catheter biopsy. Experimental technic for transvenous liver biopsy". Radiology 82: 312–4. PMID 14115317. 
  5. ^ Rösch J, Lakin PC, Antonovic R, Dotter CT (August 1973). "Transjugular approach to liver biopsy and transhepatic cholangiography". N. Engl. J. Med. 289 (5): 227–31. doi:10.1056/NEJM197308022890501. PMID 4713761. 

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