PERCUTANEOUS translumbar aortography was first described by Dos Santos and associates1 in 1929. It has become an indispensable diagnostic tool to all engaged in reconstructive vascular surgery.
During the past decade, the safety and reliability of this diagnostic procedure have been enhanced by the work of Morris et al,2 Beall et al,3 and Crawford et al4 at Baylor University.
In addition, techniques have been devised in which rapid sequence serial arteriography or cineangiography are used.5 These techniques, used concurrently with aortography, permit more complete visualization of the distal arterial vasculature and obviate subsequent femoral arteriography.
Hershey and Howland6 in 1961 reported a method in which radioactive albumin was used in determining the femoropopliteal circulation time. The predetermined time interval was used in performing femoral arteriography by scanographic methods. They found that this technique resulted in better visualization of the peripheral arterial tree.