1. Feasibility of Noninvasive Assessment of Thin-Cap Fibroatheroma by Multidetector Computed Tomography

    Objectives The purpose of this study was to investigate whether multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) can noninvasively help assess thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA). Background Plaque rupture and thrombus formation play key roles in the onset of acute coronary syndrome. TCFA is recognized as a precursor lesion for plaque rupture, and MDCT angiography can potentially help identify plaques prone to rupture. Methods We enrolled 105 patients with coronary artery disease (acute coronary syndromes, n = 31; stable angina pectoris, n = 74). Culprit lesions were assessed by both MDCT and optical coherence tomography (OCT). Patients were divided into a TCFA and a non-TCFA group according ...
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