Sven-Ivar Seldinger (1921-1998)

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The Seldinger name is immortalized throughout healthcare due to his identification of the catheterization technique known around the world as the Seldinger technique. But who was Seldinger?

Sven-Ivar Seldinger was born in the small town of Mora in Sweden in 1921. He was educated in local schools before studying medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. In 1975, he received the Valentine award from the New York Academy of Medicine; he held honorary membership of the Swedish Association of Medical Radiology and the German Roentgen Association.

Seldinger died in 1998, aged 71, in his home town of Mora.

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