1. Optical coherence tomography guided carotid artery stent procedure: technique and potential applications

    Optical coherence tomography guided carotid artery stent procedure: technique and potential applications

    Objectives To (1) present a guide on how to perform optical coherence tomography (OCT) in carotid artery stenting (CAS), to (2) highlight several instructive cases illustrating OCT-guidance as an interventional strategy, and to (3) present the largest case-series of OCT-guided CAS performed in North America, demonstrating its feasibility as an imaging modality in this setting. Background OCT is an intravascular imaging method that captures images with an axial resolution 10 times higher than intravascular ultrasound. OCT has proven to be a useful modality in coronary angiography and may have similar applications in evaluating carotid atherosclerotic disease. Methods We compared our ...

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