1. The use of optical coherence tomography in acute coronary syndrome

    The use of optical coherence tomography in acute coronary syndrome

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an intracoronary imaging modality which utilizes near-infrared light to provide high-resolution cross-sectional in-vivo images of the coronary artery. OCT imaging technique enables detailed evaluation of plaque morphology in patients with acute coronary syndrome and helps to understand the underlying mechanisms including plaque rupture, plaque erosion, and calcified nodule. It is useful to optimize percutaneous coronary intervention, and evaluate vascular response to coronary intervention and pharmacological therapy. Advances in intracoronary OCT and further research on clinical applications have the potential to contribute to a better prognosis in acute coronary syndrome.

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