1. New system sharpens the view inside blood vessels

    New system sharpens the view inside blood vessels
    A Westford company’s tiny imaging system is improving the view into blood vessels, helping doctors implant stents more accurately and offering new insights into what happens before a heart attack.LightLab Imaging Inc.’s system was approved this month by the Food and Drug Administration. It uses a technology called optical coherence tomography to capture an image roughly twice the size of a red blood cell — 10 times better resolution than the ultrasound technology currently used. “We see a lot of things we did not see in the past,’’ said Dr. Ik-Kyung Jang, a professor at Harvard Medical School ...
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    1. The real question is: Can we translate that into a net benefit for the patient? That’s the question that needs to be answered still...We are at the dawn of an imaging revolution...where we will be able to obtain a lot of information from within the artery that wasn’t within our reach before. However, we still don’t know what we are going to be able to do with all that information. Further studies and experience will be needed.
    2. The global market for optical coherence tomography will reach $1.3 billion within five years.
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