1. In-vivo characterisation of coronary atherosclerosis with optical coherence tomography

    In-vivo characterisation of coronary atherosclerosis with optical coherence tomography
    The burden of atherosclerosis has triggered intense interest in the study of “vulnerable” plaques at high risk of rupture. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has recently contributed to the in-vivo visualisation of plaque, providing unique insights into the atherosclerotic process, previously only attainable through postmortem examination. This technique uses near infrared light and an optical imaging wire attached to a patient interface unit with a pullback speed of up to 3.0 mm/s. In this patient, a 62-year-old man with treatment-resistant dyslipidaemia and stable angina, coronary angiography revealed possible non-flow-limiting plaque in the proximal left anterior descending coronary artery (arrow ...
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