1. Role of Intracoronary Imaging in Plaque Identification

    Role of Intracoronary Imaging in Plaque Identification

    NSTE-ACS patients are more likely to exhibit high-risk plaque characteristics in non-culprit lesions. Both IVUS and OCT imaging techniques interact in a complementary manner to provide morphological characterization of the atherosclerotic coronary plaques and help identification of high-risk vulnerable plaques. Using morphological parameters obtained from OCT and IVUS, a new plaque vulnerability score will be established for more precise definition of the most vulnerable plaques that carry the greatest risk of rupture and subsequent detrimental clinical outcomes in the future. Such score might help in targeting these plaques with certain therapeutic interventions aiming to their stabilization.

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