1. Using Optical Coherence Tomography To Improve Diagnostic and Therapeutic Bronchoscopy

    Background Flexible bronchoscopy is a common procedure used in both diagnostic and therapeutic settings but does not readily permit measurement of central airway dimensions. Anatomical optical coherence tomography (aOCT), a modification of conventional optical coherence tomography (OCT), is a novel, light-based imaging tool with the capacity to accurately measure diameter and lumen area of the central airways during bronchoscopy. This study describes the first clinical use of anatomical optical coherence tomography in the lower airways in three individuals with common endobronchial pathologies. Methods During bronchoscopy, a specialized fiber-optic probe was passed through the biopsy channel of a standard flexible bronchoscope ...
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