Recent advances in intracoronary imaging techniques: focus on optical coherence tomography
Authors: Kubo, Takashi; Akasaka, Takashi
Source: Expert Review of Medical Devices, 1 November 2008, vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 691-697(7)
Abstract:Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a new imaging technology that utilizes advanced photonics and fiberoptics to obtain images and tissue characterization on a microscopic scale. The resolution of the current OCT system is 10–20 µm, which is approximately ten-times higher than that of intravascular ultrasound. Compared with conventional imaging modalities, OCT has a superior ability to evaluate vulnerable plaque features, such as plaque rupture, intracoronary thrombus, thin-capped fibroatheroma and macrophages within the fibrous caps. Furthermore, OCT can clearly visualize stent malapposition and tissue protrusion after stenting and neointimal hyperplasia at late follow-up. Although OCT is a specialized research tool, it might provide new insights into the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Wakayama Medical University, 811-1, Kimiidera, Wakayama, 641-8509, Japan., Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: November 1, 2008