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An associate of Dr. Charles Dotter at the University of Oregon in Portland, radiologist Dr. Melvin Judkins studied coronary angiography with Dr. Mason Sones. Judkins went on to create his own system of diagnostic imaging, introducing a series of specialized catheters and perfecting the transfemoral approach (introducing the catheter via a groin puncture rather than the more complex procedure used by Sones of introducing the catheter via surgical opening of the brachial artery in the arm).
A careful perfectionist, Judkins went to great lengths to educate his patients, train his colleagues and share his techniques, and continued his work at Loma Linda Medical Center. Judkins furthered the goal of an accessible, systematic approach to high quality diagnostic radiology. The Judkins Technique of coronary angiography remains the primary diagnostic tool used in catheterization laboratories around the world.

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