1. Three-dimensional optical frequency domain imaging in conventional percutaneous coronary intervention: the potential for clinical application

    Three-dimensional optical frequency domain imaging in conventional percutaneous coronary intervention: the potential for clinical application

    Two-dimensional (2D) frequency domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) has enhanced our understanding of coronary atherosclerotic disease and is increasingly being used in conventional percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to elucidate mechanisms of disease and improve our understanding of complex coronary anatomy. Since the first report of three-dimensional (3D) OCT applied in human coronary vessels,1 the technology has rapidly progressed.2–10 Currently, the main limitation of this technology is the need for off-line creation of 3D reconstructions—prototypes of current generation ‘real time’ (i.e. available peri-procedurally at the ‘push-of-a-button’) remain experimental, work in progress, and are limited by relatively ...

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