1. The invasive assessment of coronary atherosclerosis and stents using optical coherence tomography: a clinical update

    The invasive assessment of coronary atherosclerosis and stents using optical coherence tomography: a clinical update

    Ischaemic heart disease (IHD) remains one of the leading causes of death. Atherosclerosis has been intensely researched given the IHD prevalence and the financial impacts on healthcare systems. More recently, in vivo characterisation of coronary atherosclerotic plaque and tissue responses following stent implantation in a coronary artery has been made possible by a novel technology called optical coherence tomography (OCT). OCT is a light-based, invasive, intracoronary imaging modality long applied to the field of ophthalmology and now in clinical use worldwide. It gives a unique view of within the coronary artery using near-infrared light with a resolution of 15 microns ...

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