1. An assessment of the quality of optical coherence tomography image acquisition

    An assessment of the quality of optical coherence tomography image acquisition

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides excellent image resolution, however OCT optimal acquisition is essential but could be challenging owing to several factors. We sought to assess the quality of OCT pullbacks and identify the causes of suboptimal image acquisition. We evaluated 784 (404 pre-PCI; 380 post-PCI) coronary pullbacks from an anonymized OCT database from our Cardiovascular Imaging Core Laboratory. Imaging of the region-of-interest (ROI—lesion or stented segment plus references) was incomplete in 16.1% pullbacks, caused by pullback starting too proximal (63.7%), inappropriate pullback length (17.1%) and pullback starting too distal (11.4%). The quality of image ...

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