1. Utility of intracoronary imaging in the cardiac catheterization laboratory: comprehensive evaluation with intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography

    Utility of intracoronary imaging in the cardiac catheterization laboratory: comprehensive evaluation with intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography

    Background Intracoronary imaging is an important tool for guiding decision making in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Sources of data We have reviewed the latest available evidence in the field to highlight the various potential benefits of intravascular imaging. Areas of agreement Coronary angiography has been considered the gold standard test to appropriately diagnose and manage patients with coronary artery disease, but it has the inherent limitation of being a 2-dimensional x-ray lumenogram of a complex 3-dimensional vascular structure. Areas of controversy There is well-established inter- and intra-observer variability in reporting coronary angiograms leading to potential variability in various management strategies ...

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