1. Parameter estimation of atherosclerotic tissue optical properties from three-dimensional intravascular optical coherence tomography

    Parameter estimation of atherosclerotic tissue optical properties from three-dimensional intravascular optical coherence tomography

    We developed robust, three-dimensional methods, as opposed to traditional A-line analysis, for estimating the optical properties of calcified, fibrotic, and lipid atherosclerotic plaques from in vivo coronary artery intravascular optical coherence tomography clinical pullbacks. We estimated attenuation μ t and backscattered intensity I 0 from small volumes of interest annotated by experts in 35 pullbacks. Some results were as follows: noise reduction filtering was desirable, parallel line (PL) methods outperformed individual line methods, root mean square error was the best goodness-of-fit, and α -trimmed PL ( α -T-PL) was the best overall method. Estimates of μ t were calcified ( 3.84 ± 0.95     mm − 1 ...

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