1. Integrated IVUS-OCT for Real-Time Imaging of Coronary Atherosclerosis

    Integrated IVUS-OCT for Real-Time Imaging of Coronary Atherosclerosis

    Accurate assessment of atherosclerotic plaque characteristics and the subsequent tailoring of optimal therapy holds great promise for preventing acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and life-threatening sequelae 1 . Combined use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) was proposed as a potential method for accurate assessment of plaque characteristics and vulnerability ( 2 , ). However, significant challenges remain in trying to adapt an integrated OCT-IVUS system for clinical applications. We report here a fully integrated intracoronary OCT-IVUS imaging technique to visualize atherosclerotic plaque in living animals and human coronary arteries from cadavers with high resolution and deep penetration capability simultaneously.

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