1. New techniques of intravessel imaging in coronary atherosclerosis

    New techniques of intravessel imaging in coronary atherosclerosis

    Intravascular imaging modalities are currently adopted to circumvent angiographic limitations. The present overview is aimed at describing the principal techniques used by an interventional cardiologist to assess both coronary atherosclerotic plaques and stent deployment results. Optical coherence tomography (OCT), intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), and near-infrared spectroscopy are currently available to address these issues. These techniques are characterized by specific advantages and limitations, making each of those applicable for specific purposes. Offline software programmes have been developed to further characterize plaque tissue, highlighting the macrophage presence or unfold coronary stent in a three-dimensional view by a carpet view. Although IVUS and OCT ...

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