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    1. Optical coherence tomography detection of vulnerable plaques at high risk of developing acute coronary syndrome

      Optical coherence tomography detection of vulnerable plaques at high risk of developing acute coronary syndrome

      Aims: The ability of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to detect plaques at high risk of developing acute coronary syndrome (ACS) remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between non-culprit plaques characterized as both lipid-rich plaque (LRP) and thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) by OCT and the risk of subsequent ACS events at the lesion level. Methods and results: In 1378 patients who underwent OCT, 3533 non-culprit plaques were analysed for the presence of LRP (maximum lipid arc > 180°) and TCFA (minimum fibrous cap thickness < 65 μm). The median follow-up period was 6 years [interquartile range (IQR): 5-9 ...

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    2. Automatic Characterisation of Human Atherosclerotic Plaque Composition from Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography Using Artificial Intelligence

      Automatic Characterisation of Human Atherosclerotic Plaque Composition from Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography Using Artificial Intelligence

      Background Intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT) enables detailed plaque characterisation in-vivo, but visual assessment is time-consuming and subjective. Aims This study aims to develop and validate an automatic framework for IVOCT plaque characterisation using artificial intelligence (AI). Methods IVOCT pullbacks from 5 international centres were analysed in a corelab, annotating basic plaque components, inflammatory markers and other structures. A deep convolutional network with encoding-decoding architecture and pseudo-3D input was developed and trained using hybrid loss. The proposed network was integrated into commercial software to be externally validated on additional IVOCT pullbacks from three international corelabs, taking the consensus among corelabs ...

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    3. Impact of Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging on Decision-Making During Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients Presented With Acute Coronary Syndromes

      Impact of Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging on Decision-Making During Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients Presented With Acute Coronary Syndromes

      Background: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides valuable information to guide percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) regarding lesion preparation, stent sizing, and optimization. The aim of the present study was to compare lumen expansion of stent-treated lesions immediately after the procedure for ACS between OCT-guided PCI and angiography-guided PCI.Methods and Results:This study investigated stent-treated lesions immediately after PCI for ACS by using quantitative coronary angiography in 390 patients; 260 patients with OCT-guided PCI and 130 patients with angiography-guided PCI. Before stenting, the frequency of pre-dilatation and thrombus aspiration were not different between the OCT-guided and ...

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    4. Prevalence, Features, and Prognosis of Artery-to-Artery Embolic ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction: An Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Prevalence, Features, and Prognosis of Artery-to-Artery Embolic ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction: An Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Background The major underlying mechanisms contributing to acute coronary syndrome are plaque rupture, plaque erosion, and calcified nodule. Artery-to-artery embolic myocardial infarction (AAEMI) was defined as ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction caused by migrating thrombus formed at the proximal ruptured plaque. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and clinical features of AAEMI by using optical coherence tomography. Methods and Results This study retrospectively enrolled 297 patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction who underwent optical coherence tomography before percutaneous coronary intervention. Patients were divided into 4 groups consisting of plaque rupture, plaque erosion, calcified nodule, and AAEMI according to optical ...

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    5. NIRS-IVUS for Differentiating Coronary Plaque Rupture, Erosion and Calcified Nodule in Acute Myocardial Infarction

      NIRS-IVUS for Differentiating Coronary Plaque Rupture, Erosion and Calcified Nodule in Acute Myocardial Infarction

      Objectives This study sought to investigate the ability of combined near-infrared spectroscopy and intravascular ultrasound (NIRS-IVUS) to differentiate plaque rupture (PR), plaque erosion (PE), or calcified nodule (CN) in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Background Most acute coronary syndromes occur from coronary thrombosis based on PR, PE, or CN. In vivo differentiation among PR, PE, and CN is a major challenge for intravascular imaging. Methods The study enrolled 244 patients with AMI who had a de novo culprit lesion in a native coronary artery. The culprit lesions were assessed by both NIRS-IVUS and optical coherence tomography (OCT). Maximum lipid core burden ...

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    6. Comparison of Optical Flow Ratio and Fractional Flow Ratio in Stent-Treated Arteries Immediately After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

      Comparison of Optical Flow Ratio and Fractional Flow Ratio in Stent-Treated Arteries Immediately After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

      Background: Optical flow ratio (OFR) is a recently developed method for functional assessment of coronary artery disease based on computational fluid dynamics of vascular anatomical data from intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT). The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between OFR and fractional flow reserve (FFR) in stent-treated arteries immediately after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Methods and Results: The OFR and FFR were measured in 103 coronary arteries immediately after successful PCI with a stent. An increase in the OFR and FFR values within the stent was defined as in-stent ∆OFR and ∆FFR, respectively. The values of ...

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    7. Optical Coherence Tomography Comparison of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Among Plaque Rupture, Erosion, and Calcified Nodule in Acute Myocardial Infarction

      Optical Coherence Tomography Comparison of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Among Plaque Rupture, Erosion, and Calcified Nodule in Acute Myocardial Infarction

      Background: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is caused by coronary plaque rupture (PR), plaque erosion (PE), or calcified nodule (CN). We used optical coherence tomography (OCT) to compare stent expansion immediately after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with AMI caused by PR, PE, or CN. Methods and Results: In all, 288 AMI patients were assessed by OCT before and immediately after PCI, performed with OCT guidance according to OPINION criteria for stent sizing and optimization. The frequency of OCT-identified PR (OCT-PR), OCT-PE, and OCT-CN was 172 (60%), 82 (28%), and 34 (12%), respectively. Minimum stent area was smallest in ...

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    8. Extent of the difference between microcatheter and pressure wire-derived fractional flow reserve and its relation to optical coherence tomography-derived parameters

      Extent of the difference between microcatheter and pressure wire-derived fractional flow reserve and its relation to optical coherence tomography-derived parameters

      Background Although previous studies demonstrated that microcatheter-derived fractional flow reserve (mc-FFR) tends to overestimate lesion severity compared to pressure wire-derived FFR (pw-FFR), the clinical utility of mc-FFR remains obscure. The extent of differences between the two FFR systems and its relation to a lesion-specific parameter remain unknown. In this study, we sought to compare mc-FFR with pw-FFR and determine the lower and upper mc-FFR cut-offs predicting ischemic and non-ischemic stenosis, using an ischemic and a clinical FFR threshold of 0.75 and 0.80 as references, respectively. We further explored optical coherence tomography (OCT) parameters influencing the difference in FFR ...

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    9. Comparison of Diagnostic Performance of Intracoronary Optical Coherence Tomography-based and Angiography-based Fractional Flow Reserve for Evaluation of Coronary Stenosis

      Comparison of Diagnostic Performance of Intracoronary Optical Coherence Tomography-based and Angiography-based Fractional Flow Reserve for Evaluation of Coronary Stenosis

      Aims: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of OCT-based optical flow ratio (OFR) in unselected patients and compare it with angiography-based quantitative flow ratio (QFR), using wire-based FFR as reference standard. Methods and results: All patients with OCT and FFR assessment prior to revascularization were analyzed. OFR and QFR were computed in blinded fashion and compared with FFR, all applying same cut-off value of ≤0.80 to define ischemia. Paired comparison between OFR and QFR was performed in 212 vessels from 181 patients. Average FFR was 0.82±0.10 and 40.1% vessels had FFR≤0.80. OFR showed significant ...

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    10. A Local Multi-Layer Model for Tissue Classification of in-vivo Atherosclerotic Plaques in Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography

      A Local Multi-Layer Model for Tissue Classification of in-vivo Atherosclerotic Plaques in Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography

      Clinical researches show that the morbidity of coronary artery disease (CAD) is gradually increasing in many countries every year, and it causes hundreds of thousands of people all over the world dying for each year. As the optical coherence tomography with high resolution and better contrast applied to the lesion tissue investigation of human vessel, many more micro-structures of the vessel could be easily and clearly visible to doctors, which help to improve the CAD treatment effect. Manual qualitative analysis and classification of vessel lesion tissue are time-consuming to doctors because a single-time intravascular optical coherence (IVOCT) data set of ...

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    11. Expert consensus statement for quantitative measurement and morphological assessment of optical coherence tomography

      Expert consensus statement for quantitative measurement and morphological assessment of optical coherence tomography

      In this document, the methods for the quantitative measurement and morphological assessment of optical coherence tomography (OCT)/optical frequency domain imaging images (OFDI) are briefly summarized. The focus is on the clinical application of OCT/OFDI to guide percutaneous coronary interventions.

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    12. Intracoronary pressure increase due to contrast injection for optical coherence tomography imaging

      Intracoronary pressure increase due to contrast injection for optical coherence tomography imaging

      Background Optical coherence tomography (OCT) requires intracoronary injection of contrast media to remove blood from the field of view during image acquisition. Contrast injection may cause a temporal increase in intracoronary pressure. The aim of this study was to compare the intracoronary pressure during contrast injection between OCT and coronary angiography . Methods We measured intracoronary pressure by using a pressure guidewire during contrast injection for OCT and angiography in 30 coronary arteries (mean fractional flow reserve = 0.90 ± 0.03). Contrast media was injected into coronary artery through the guiding catheter by using a mechanical injector pump. Results Intracoronary pressure ...

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    13. Early and mid-term vascular responses to optical coherence tomography guided everolimus-eluting stent implantation in stable coronary artery disease

      Early and mid-term vascular responses to optical coherence tomography guided everolimus-eluting stent implantation in stable coronary artery disease

      Background Analysis of pooled clinical data has shown the safety of 3 months of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) with everolimus-eluting cobalt–chromium stents (Co-Cr EESs). This study evaluated early and mid-term vascular responses to Co-Cr EESs in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods The MECHANISM-Elective trial (NCT02014818) is a multicenter optical coherence tomography (OCT) registry. Enrolled patients were evaluated by OCT immediately after EES implantation (post), were prospectively allocated to either 1 month (n = 50) or 3 months (n = 50) OCT follow-up, and then received a 12 months OCT evaluation. The incidences of intrastent thrombus (IS-Th) and irregular ...

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    14. Imaging assessment and accuracy in coronary artery autopsy: comparison of frequency-domain optical coherence tomography with intravascular ultrasound and histology

      Imaging assessment and accuracy in coronary artery autopsy: comparison of frequency-domain optical coherence tomography with intravascular ultrasound and histology

      ptical coherence tomography (OCT) is a coronary artery imaging technique with high resolution. Second-generation frequency-domain OCT (FD-OCT) technology allows safer and faster clinical application compared with first-generation time-domain OCT (TD-OCT). Only limited validation studies compare FD-OCT with other modes of analysis: histology, which is the current gold standard, and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). This study therefore aims to demonstrate the accuracy of FD-OCT images compared with IVUS and histology. FD-OCT and IVUS images were acquired from 203 segments from 31 coronary arteries obtained at autopsy from 20 cadavers. Of these, 30 randomly-selected pairs were used to create three classifications of plaque ...

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    15. Stabilization of High Risk Coronary Plaque on Optical Coherence Tomography and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy by Intensive Lipid-Lowering Therapy With Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin/Kexin Type 9 (PCSK9) Inhibitor

      Stabilization of High Risk Coronary Plaque on Optical Coherence Tomography and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy by Intensive Lipid-Lowering Therapy With Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin/Kexin Type 9 (PCSK9) Inhibitor

      A 70-year-old woman with hypertension and dyslipidemia underwent drug-eluting stent implantation in the mid-left anterior descending artery (LAD) due to acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Optical coherence tomography (OCT) during the index procedure showed lipid-rich plaque in non-culprit lesions of the proximal LAD and mid-right coronary artery (Figure B,E). Near-infrared spectroscopy-intravascular ultrasound (NIRS-IVUS) showed plaque with high lipid burden in both sites (Figure C,F). Intensive lipid-lowering therapy with combined strong statin and proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor was started after the index procedure. Scheduled 10-month follow-up OCT and NIRS-IVUS showed increase in minimum fibrous cap thickness ...

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    16. Role of Optical Coherence Tomography in the Diagnosis of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

      Role of Optical Coherence Tomography in the Diagnosis of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

      Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is an infrequent and often missed diagnosis among patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), especially young healthy females. Unfortunately, SCAD can result in significant morbidity, such as ischemia and infarction. Currently, there has been a surge in the diagnosis of SCAD due to the widespread use of new intracoronary imaging modalities, especially optical coherence tomography (OCT).However, no specific guidelines exist concerning appropriate treatment for SCAD. Moreover, the role of intracoronary imaging with OCT has yet to be fully established. The aim of our review is to provide a comprehensive contemporary update of SCAD; the ...

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    17. Late clinical outcome of suboptimal stent implantation defined by intracoronary optical coherence tomography

      Late clinical outcome of suboptimal stent implantation defined by intracoronary optical coherence tomography

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an intravascular imaging technique that provides high-resolution (10-20 μm) images. During percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), OCT offers useful information to guide treatment strategies and assess optimal stent implantation (Figure 1) . However, OCT remains markedly underused in the real world. For further integration of OCT into clinical practice, it is necessary to accumulate evidence showing that OCT has a beneficial impact on the outcomes of PCI. In 2012 and 2015, Prati et al 1,2 reported the clinical benefits of OCT guidance in PCI using data

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    18. In vivo optical coherence tomography imaging and histopathology of healed coronary plaques

      In vivo optical coherence tomography imaging and histopathology of healed coronary plaques

      Background and aims The aims of this study were to assess agreement between optical coherence tomography (OCT) and histopathology for healed coronary plaques (HCPs) in human coronary arteries ex vivo , and to evaluate the prevalence and characteristics of HCPs in vivo . Methods Ex vivo OCT images were co-registered with histopathology in 144 cross-sections with ≥50% stenosis. Of these, 30 randomly selected pairs were employed to define morphological features of OCT for HCPs (OCT-derived HCPs); the remaining 114 pairs were used to evaluate the accuracy of OCT in detecting histologically-defined HCPs. In a clinical study, 60 target lesions from 60 patients ...

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    19. Comparison between Optical COherence tomography guidance and Angiography guidance in percutaneous coronary intervention (COCOA): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

      Comparison between Optical COherence tomography guidance and Angiography guidance in percutaneous coronary intervention (COCOA): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

      Background Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is increasingly used as an adjunct to coronary angiography for guiding percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The current consensus on PCI is that the large final stent area offers the best chance of a good late clinical outcome. Since OCT provides more accurate information about the coronary artery and implanted stents, OCT-guided stent implantation is expected to achieve greater stent expansion than angiography guidance alone. Therefore, we designed the COCOA (Comparison between Optical COherence tomography guidance and Angiography guidance in percutaneous coronary intervention) study to evaluate whether OCT-guided stent implantation would result in a minimum stent ...

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    20. Optical Frequency Domain Imaging Versus Intravascular Ultrasound in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (OPINION Trial) : Results From the OPINION Imaging Study

      Optical Frequency Domain Imaging Versus Intravascular Ultrasound in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (OPINION Trial) : Results From the OPINION Imaging Study

      Objectives We sought to clarify how intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography affect percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with current-generation drug-eluting stents in a pre-specified substudy of the OPINION (OPtical frequency domain imaging versus INtravascular ultrasound in percutaneous coronary interventiON) trial, a multicenter, prospective, randomized, noninferiority trial comparing optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI)-guided PCI with IVUS-guided PCI. Background The impact of these 2 imaging modalities in guiding PCI remains unknown. Methods Of 829 patients enrolled in the OPINION trial, 106 were included in the present imaging substudy. Their PCI was guided by either IVUS or OFDI, but all patients ...

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    21. Effect of Early Pitavastatin Therapy on Coronary Fibrous-Cap Thickness Assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome : The ESCORT Study

      Effect of Early Pitavastatin Therapy on Coronary Fibrous-Cap Thickness Assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome : The ESCORT Study

      Objectives The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of early statin therapy on fibrous-cap thickness in coronary plaques of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) by using optical coherence tomography. Background Statins can contribute to the stabilization of coronary plaques. Methods This is a prospective, randomized, active-controlled, single-center study. Patients with ACS and untreated dyslipidemia were enrolled and randomly allocated (ratio 1:1) to either the early statin group (received pitavastatin 4 mg/day from baseline) or the late statin group (received pitavastatin 4 mg/day from 3 weeks after the baseline). Optical coherence tomography was ...

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    22. Optical frequency domain imaging vs. intravascular ultrasound in percutaneous coronary intervention (OPINION trial): one-year angiographic and clinical results

      Optical frequency domain imaging vs. intravascular ultrasound in percutaneous coronary intervention (OPINION trial): one-year angiographic and clinical results

      Aims Optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) is a recently developed, light-based, high-resolution intravascular imaging technique. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is a widely used, conventional imaging technique for guiding percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We aimed to demonstrate the non-inferiority of OFDI-guided PCI compared with IVUS-guided PCI in terms of clinical outcomes. Methods and results We did a prospective, multicentre, randomized (ratio 1:1), active-controlled, non-inferiority study to compare head-to-head OFDI vs. IVUS in patients undergoing PCI with a second generation drug-eluting stent. The primary endpoint was target vessel failure defined as a composite of cardiac death, target-vessel related myocardial infarction, and ischaemia-driven ...

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