Optical Coherence Tomography/Optical Frequency Domain Imaging: Imaging Application for Assessment of Human Carotid Plaque
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an intravascular imaging tool. Its high resolution facilitates detailed examination of intravascular morphological characteristics. In the coronary field, OCT systems are applied as practical clinical diagnostic method. In the carotid artery field, OCT is not covered by health insurance, and it is used as a research tool. We have published many reports on the morphological characteristics of carotid artery lesions on OCT or its application for carotid artery stenting. In this article, we review the application of OCT for carotid artery plaque and its usefulness.