1. Polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography monitoring of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation in left atrium of living swine

    Polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography monitoring of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation in left atrium of living swine

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is commonly used to treat atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the outcome is often compromised due to the lack of direct real-time feedback to assess lesion transmurality. In this work, we evaluated the ability of polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PSOCT) to measure cardiac wall thickness and assess RF lesion transmurality during left atrium (LA) RFA procedures. Quantitative transmural lesion criteria using PSOCT images were determined ex vivo using an integrated PSOCT-RFA catheter and fresh swine hearts. LA wall thickness of living swine was measured with PSOCT and validated with a micrometer after harvesting the heart. A total of ...

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