1. The use of dextran and carbon dioxide for optical coherence tomography in the superficial femoral artery

    The use of dextran and carbon dioxide for optical coherence tomography in the superficial femoral artery

    The following case report describes using carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) as contrast media for intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging in the superficial femoral artery. For initial OCT imaging, 20 mL of iodinated contrast was used during automated pullback. This was followed by 20 mL of hand-injected dextran 40 in normal saline, and finally hand-injected 50 mL of CO 2 . CO 2 gave comparable erythrocyte clearance and imaging quality compared with dextran and iodinated contrast. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case using both dextran and CO 2 with OCT imaging of the superficial femoral artery. Using CO ...

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