1. Relation of Microchannel Structure Identified by Optical Coherence Tomography to Plaque Vulnerability in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease

    Relation of Microchannel Structure Identified by Optical Coherence Tomography to Plaque Vulnerability in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease
    Increased neovascularization in atherosclerotic plaques is associated with plaque vulnerability. The high resolution of optical coherence tomography (OCT) might provide a chance to directly visualize plaque neovascularization in vivo. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relation between microchannels in culprit plaques identified by OCT and plaque vulnerability in patients with coronary artery disease. A total of 63 consecutive patients with coronary artery disease who had undergone both OCT and intravascular ultrasound before any interventions to examine culprit lesion morphologies were enrolled. Microchannel was defined as a no-signal tubuloluminal structure on the cross-sectional optical coherence tomographic image ...
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