1. Intracoronary Imaging for Detecting Vulnerable Plaque

    Intracoronary Imaging for Detecting Vulnerable Plaque

    It is now generally recognized that acute coronary syndromes most commonly result from disruption of thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA), which is characterized by a large necrotic core with an overlying thin-fibrous cap measuring <65μm. Recent advances in intracoronary imaging modalities have significantly improved the ability to detect TCFA in vivo. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is perhaps the most promising modality that has been used more than 15 years to evaluate atherosclerotic plaque. IVUS has revealed a lot of the clinical evidence regarding vulnerable plaque detection in live humans. Recently, by analyzing the IVUS acoustic signal before demodulation and scan conversion, IVUS ...

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