1. Optical coherence tomography-guided percutaneous coronary intervention: a review of current clinical applications

    Optical coherence tomography-guided percutaneous coronary intervention: a review of current clinical applications

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an emerging high-resolution intravascular imaging modality that can provide physicians with critical information, thereby enabling precise characterization of plaque morphology and luminal geometry and facilitating pre-intervention lesion assessment. As OCT has a higher sensitivity for lipid-rich plaque characterization than intravascular ultrasound, vulnerable plaque detection by OCT has thus been investigated. By evaluating both the calcium thickness and arc, OCT can be the ideal method for determining both the indication and endpoint of rotational atherectomy for calcified lesions prior to stent implantation. OCT has become applicable for the optimization of stent implantation with immediate and semi-automatic ...

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