Netherlands Heart Journal

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 161–162 | Cite as

Crown years for noninvasive cardiovascular imaging (part I): 60 years of echocardiography

  • E. E. van der WallEmail author
Editor's comment

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.’ Max Planck (1858–1947)

The year 2013 is a remarkable year in cardiovascular medicine from a historical point of view. It can be considered a crown year for noninvasive clinical cardiovascular imaging as we can look back on 60 years of echocardiography, 40 years of nuclear cardiology, 30 years of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, and 30 years of cardiac computed tomography. Acceptance of the noninvasive imaging techniques was not always an easy-going pathway and most of them initially encountered a lot of scepticism. In this Editor’s Comment, which is part 1 of a four-part series on the history of noninvasive cardiovascular imaging, we will briefly look back to the roots of echocardiography and its main achievements.

Echocardiography 60 years

The development of diagnostic...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands (ICIN) - Netherlands Heart Institute (NHI)Utrechtthe Netherlands

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