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    1. 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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    2. Plaque characteristics in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and early spontaneous reperfusion

      Plaque characteristics in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and early spontaneous reperfusion

      Background: Early spontaneous reperfusion (ESR) is not an uncommon phenomenon in clinical settings. Aims: To detect potential mechanisms of early spontaneous reperfusion in patients with STEMI. Methods: This prospective study enrolled a total of 241 consecutive patients with STEMI undergoing optical coherence tomography (OCT) from July 2016 to August 2019. Forty-five (18.7%) met angiographic ESR criteria (TIMI-3 flow on the initial angiogram). Among those without ESR (TIMI-0 flow on initial angiogram), 45 patients were assigned into the control group according to propensity score matching with the ESR group. Results: Although the group’s baseline characteristics were comparable, non-ruptured plaque ...

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    3. Use of intravascular optical coherence tomography or intravascular ultrasound to guide stent implantation. The choice is yours!

      Use of intravascular optical coherence tomography or intravascular ultrasound to guide stent implantation. The choice is yours!

      In the current issue of EuroIntervention, the one-year follow-up of the ILUMIEN III trial1 and the design and rationale of the ILUMIEN IV trial2 are presented. Both trials are part of a series of clinical studies designed to provide hypothesis-generating knowledge and hypothesis-confirming answers in a systematic way. The prospective, observational ILUMIEN I trial demonstrated that the anatomical vessel information, as provided by optical coherence tomography (OCT), impacts on the clinician’s decision making during percutaneous conronary intervention (PCI) concerning stent size, length and post-dilatation3. The retrospective, post hoc, matched pair ILUMIEN II trial revealed that clinicians

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    4. Super High-Pressure Balloon versus Scoring Balloon to Prepare Severely Calcified Coronary Lesions: The ISAR-CALC Randomized Trial

      Super High-Pressure Balloon versus Scoring Balloon to Prepare Severely Calcified Coronary Lesions: The ISAR-CALC Randomized Trial

      Aims: The comparative efficacy of balloon-based techniques to prepare severely calcified coronary lesions before stenting remains poorly studied. We sought to compare stent expansion following preparation of severely calcified coronary lesions with either super high-pressure balloon or scoring balloon. Methods and results: In this randomized, open-label trial 74 patients with severely calcified coronary lesions were enrolled at 5 centers in Germany and Switzerland. After unsuccessful lesion preparation with standard non-compliant balloon (<30% reduction of baseline diameter stenosis), participants were randomized to pre-dilation with either super high-pressure balloon or scoring balloon before drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation. The primary endpoint of the ...

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    5. Clinical Usefulness of a Novel Optical Coherence Tomography Procedure, “Low Molecular Weight Dextran Infusion Followed by Catheter PUSH (D-PUSH)”

      Clinical Usefulness of a Novel Optical Coherence Tomography Procedure, “Low Molecular Weight Dextran Infusion Followed by Catheter PUSH (D-PUSH)”

      Despite the established usefulness of optical coherence tomography (OCT) guidance in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the quality of the obtained OCT images is sometimes low due to inadequate clearance of blood flow in cases involving extremely tight stenotic lesions. Increasing the volume of contrast media, generally used for blood flow clearance, is also a problem. A novel OCT procedure, “low molecular weight dextran (LMWD) infusion followed by catheter push (D-PUSH)” procedure, in which an OCT catheter is advanced from the proximal to distal target lesion segment after initiating LMWD infusion from a guiding catheter, may improve image quality compared with ...

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    6. Optical Coherence Tomography to Guide Percutaneous Coronary Intervention of the Left Main Coronary Artery: the LEMON study

      Optical Coherence Tomography to Guide Percutaneous Coronary Intervention of the Left Main Coronary Artery: the LEMON study

      Aims: IVUS is currently recommended by international guidelines to guide left main stem (LMS) PCI. Although OCT resolution outmatches IVUS, this tool is not yet recommended in LMS angioplasty due to the absence of data. This pilot study aimed to analyze the feasibility, safety and impact of OCT-guided LMS PCI. Methods and results: This prospective, multicenter trial investigated whether patients might benefit from OCT-guided PCI for mid/distal LMS according to a pre-specified protocol. The primary endpoint was procedural success defined as follows: residual angiographic stenosis &lt;50% + TIMI 3 flow in all branches + adequate OCT stent expansion (LEMON criteria ...

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    7. Supporting evidence for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction from optical coherence tomography

      Supporting evidence for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction from optical coherence tomography

      A 56-year-old male with current smoking and dyslipidemia was admitted to our hospital because of anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Echocardiogram showed akinesis in the apex of the left ventricle, and the ejection fraction was 55%. There was no evidence of atrial fibrillation, cardiac shunts or any cardiac thrombus. He had no history of the emotional stress, cocaine intake or thrombophilia. And, also there was no episode that suspected coronary spasm. After administration of aspirin 200mg and prasugrel 20mg, the emergent coronary angiogram (CAG) was performed. CAG showed the total occlusion at the distal portion of left anterior descending ...

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    8. Identification of the type of stent with three-dimensional optical coherence tomography: the SPQR study

      Identification of the type of stent with three-dimensional optical coherence tomography: the SPQR study

      Background: The ability of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to identify specific types of stent has never been systematically studied. Methods and results: A series of 212 consecutive patients with OCT from six international centres were retrospectively screened, finding 294 metallic stents or scaffolds in 146 patients. The sample was analysed by two blinded operators, applying a dedicated protocol in 4 steps to identify the type of stent: 1) 3D and automatic strut detection (ASD), 2) 3D tissue view, 3) Longitudinal view with ASD, 4) Mode “stent only” and ASD. The protocol correctly identified 285 stents (96.9%, kappa 0.965 ...

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    9. Twelve-month clinical and imaging outcomes of the uncaging DynamX Bioadaptor System

      Aims- We assessed the safety and efficacy of the DynamX™ Novolimus-Eluting Coronary Bioadaptor System, a novel device that initially acts as a second-generation drug-eluting stent, but after six months frees the vessel through uncaging elements. Methods and results- This multi-center study enrolled 50 patients with single de novo lesions. In-device acute lumen gain was 1.61±0.34 mm, and device and procedure success was 100%. Through 12 months, two target lesion failures occurred, both were cardiac deaths (day 255 and 267 post-procedure). No definite or probable device thrombosis was observed. Mean late lumen loss was 0.12±0.18 ...

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    10. OPtical Coherence Tomography Guided Coronary Stent IMplantation Compared to Angiography: A Multicenter Randomized TriaL in PCI

      OPtical Coherence Tomography Guided Coronary Stent IMplantation Compared to Angiography: A Multicenter Randomized TriaL in PCI

      AIMS: Randomized trials have demonstrated improvement in clinical outcomes with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) compared with angiography-guided PCI. The ILUMIEN III trial demonstrated non-inferiority of an optical coherence tomography (OCT)- versus IVUS-guided PCI strategy in achieving similar post-PCI lumen dimensions. ILUMIEN IV is a large-scale, multicenter, randomized trial designed to demonstrate the superiority of OCT- versus angiography-guided stent implantation in patients with high-risk clinical characteristics (diabetes) and/or complex angiographic lesions in achieving larger post-PCI lumen dimensions and improving clinical outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: ILUMIEN IV is a prospective, single-blind clinical investigation that will randomize between ...

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    11. Clinical outcomes of calcified nodules detected by optical coherence tomography

      Clinical outcomes of calcified nodules detected by optical coherence tomography

      Aims: The goal of the present post hoc analysis of the CLIMA registry was to establish the relationship between calcified nodules (CNs) with (CND) or without (CNWD) disruption of the superficial intimal fibrous layer and one-year occurrence of target lesion myocardial infarction (MI) and/or cardiac death. Methods and results: CND and CNWD were identified based on the presence or absence of superficial irregularities indicative of disruption of the intimal fibrous layer, with possible overlying local thrombus. In total, 222 CNs were found in the 1,776 non-culprit LAD plaques. CND had larger maximum calcific arc and smaller lumen area ...

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    12. Peri-procedural stent thrombosis following bifurcational PCI of lipid-rich plaque: serial optical coherence tomography insights

      Peri-procedural stent thrombosis following bifurcational PCI of lipid-rich plaque: serial optical coherence tomography insights

      Pre-procedural optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) in a 58-year-old man with unstable angina due to a stenosis involving LAD and first diagonal branch detected underlying mixed plaque, partially containing lipid in a circumferential distribution distal to the first diagonal branch (Figures A1-3). Bifurcational percutaneous coronary intervention with side-branch-stenting (double-kissing mini-crush: 2.0x18mm zotarolimus-eluting-stent (ZES) in diagonal branch, 2.25x38mm-ZES in LAD with post-dilation using 3.0x20mm and 3.5x8mm non-compliant balloons) was performed after loading with ticagrelor (180mg) and cumulative administration of 15’000 IU of heparin to achieve an activated clotting time >250 ...

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    13. Unexpected Findings and Tailored Treatments of In-Stent Restenosis: Novel Insights from Optical Coherence Tomography

      Unexpected Findings and Tailored Treatments of In-Stent Restenosis: Novel Insights from Optical Coherence Tomography

      A 68-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with unstable angina. His medical history was remarkable for an acute myocardial infarction one year ago, treated with a zotarolimus-eluting stent (3.5×30 mm) in the mid right coronary artery. Coronary angiography showed a diffused in-stent restenosis (ISR) with haziness and filling defects (Figure 1A, Video 1). In order to identify the underlying mechanisms of ISR, optical coherence tomography (OCT) was performed due to its high resolution. OCT showed a large, recanalized thrombus with multiple channels divided by thin septa (longitudinal view and Figure 1C-1E) in the setting of an undersized ...

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    14. Outcomes of Optical Coherence Tomography Compared With Intravascular Ultrasound and With Angiography to Guide Coronary Stent Implantation: One-Year Results from the ILUMIEN III: OPTIMIZE PCI trial

      Outcomes of Optical Coherence Tomography Compared With Intravascular Ultrasound and With Angiography to Guide Coronary Stent Implantation: One-Year Results from the ILUMIEN III: OPTIMIZE PCI trial

      Aims: In the ILUMIEN III trial, among 450 randomised patients with non-complex lesions undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), optical coherence tomography (OCT) guidance led to greater stent expansion than angiography guidance, similar minimal stent area compared to both intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) guidance and angiography guidance, and lower rates of uncorrected dissection and malapposition than both IVUS guidance and angiography guidance. Whether these differences impact clinical outcomes is unknown. Methods and results : OCT-guided PCI, using an external elastic lamina-based protocol, was compared to operator-directed IVUS-guided or angiography-guided PCI. Target lesion failure (TLF) and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) at 12 months ...

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    15. Tangential Signal Dropout Mimicking the Appearance of Lipid-rich Plaques and Macrophage Infiltration on Optical Frequency Domain Imaging

      Tangential Signal Dropout Mimicking the Appearance of Lipid-rich Plaques and Macrophage Infiltration on Optical Frequency Domain Imaging

      Aims: This study evaluated the optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) artifact of tangential signal dropout (TSD), which mimics the appearance of lipid-rich plaque and macrophage (Mø) infiltration. Methods and results: A total of 1,019 histological cross-sections from 23 autopsy hearts were matched with the corresponding OFDI images. Of those, 232 OFDI cross-sections that contained signal-poor regions with diffuse borders were classified as lipid-rich plaques. The angle θ was calculated between the OFDI beam that strikes the edge of the luminal surface of the low-intensity region and that which strikes the surface line of the low-intensity region. On histological evaluation, 182 ...

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      Mentions: Kenichi Fujii
    16. Detection of Cholesterol Crystals by Optical Coherence Tomography

      Detection of Cholesterol Crystals by Optical Coherence Tomography

      Aim: To determine the ability of optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI)/optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging systems to visualize presence of cholesterol crystals (CCR) in human atherosclerotic coronary arteries. Methods and Results: We performed ex vivo imaging by OFDI/OCT of human coronary arteries. A total of 559 cross-sectional images from 45 autopsy cases were co-registered with histology and 117 histologic sections showed presence of necrotic core with cholesterol clefts (CC). We modified a previously used OFDI/OCT definition for identification of CCRs which we now define as a linear and discreet high intensity signal (bright area) within the plaque ...

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    17. Procedural and one-year outcomes of patients treated with orbital and rotational atherectomy with mechanistic insights from optical coherence tomography

      Procedural and one-year outcomes of patients treated with orbital and rotational atherectomy with mechanistic insights from optical coherence tomography

      Aims: We sought to evaluate procedural complications and one-year clinical outcomes for patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with orbital (OA) and rotational atherectomy (RA). Methods and results: From a total of 13,467 patients who underwent PCI in our hospital between January 2013 and June 2016, 1,149 consecutive patients were treated with atherectomy for moderately-severely calcified lesions (184 with OA, 965 with RA). Procedural complications were similarly observed in the two groups except for higher dissection and perforation rates with OA. Major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) were defined as the composite of death, myocardial infarction or target ...

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    18. 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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    19. Clinical efficacy of optical coherence tomography-guided versus intravascular ultrasound-guided rotational atherectomy for calcified coronary lesion

      Clinical efficacy of optical coherence tomography-guided versus intravascular ultrasound-guided rotational atherectomy for calcified coronary lesion

      Aims: We aimed to evaluate whether optical coherence tomography (OCT)-guided rotational atherectomy (RA) improves stent expansion and clinical outcomes compared to intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided RA. Methods and results: We identified 247 de-novo calcified coronary lesions that underwent RA from our database between September 2013 and December 2017. Of these, lesions with no intravascular imaging data (n=11), poor image quality (n=7), balloon angioplasty alone (n=16), and complications (2 burr entrapment, 2 perforation) were excluded. Finally, 88 and 121 lesions that underwent OCT-guided and IVUS-guided RA, respectively, were enrolled. The primary endpoint of the present study was ...

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      Mentions: Gunma University
    20. Correlation between in vivo near-infrared spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography detected lipid-rich plaques with post-mortem histology

      Correlation between in vivo near-infrared spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography detected lipid-rich plaques with post-mortem histology

      A 67-year-old female presented with an acute anterior STEMI and underwent percutaneous coronary intervention of the mid-left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery. Following successful implantation of two drug-eluting stents with TIMI III flow, multimodality imaging using near-infrared spectroscopy with intravascular ultrasound (NIRS-IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) was performed in the LAD and right coronary artery (RCA) in the setting of an imaging study (A1 and B1).

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    21. Detection of Optical Coherence Tomography–Defined Thin-Cap Fibroatheroma in the Coronary Artery Using Deep Learning

      Detection of Optical Coherence Tomography–Defined Thin-Cap Fibroatheroma in the Coronary Artery Using Deep Learning

      Aims: . To develop a deep learning model for classifying frames with vs. without optical coherence tomography (OCT)-derived thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA). Methods and results: . Total 602 coronary lesions from 602 angina patients were randomized into training and test sets at a 4:1 ratio. A DenseNet model was developed to classify OCT frames with or without OCT-derived TCFA. Gradient-weighted class activation mapping was used to visualize the area of attention. In the training sample (35,678 frames of 480 lesions), the model with 5-fold cross-validation had an overall accuracy of 91.6±1.7%, sensitivity of 88.7±3.4 ...

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    22. Second-generation drug-eluting absorbable metal scaffold target-lesion revascularization: an optical coherence tomography case series study and literature review

      Second-generation drug-eluting absorbable metal scaffold target-lesion revascularization: an optical coherence tomography case series study and literature review

      Bioresorbable scaffolds (BRS) were introduced into clinical practice to overcome long-term limitations of drug-eluting stents (DES), but they were instead associated with a high rate of target lesion revascularization (TLR) and thrombosis. Whereas scaffold discontinuity was the most frequent mechanism for polymeric-BRS TLR1, there are no studies on the causes of second-generation drug-eluting absorbable metal scaffold (MgBRS) TLR (Magmaris, BIOTRONIK, Bulach, Switzerland). We sought to determine the optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings in patients who experienced a MgBRS TLR. Moreover, we performed a systematic review of the reported cases. 

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    23. Intracoronary imaging for the diagnosis of the underlying substrate and clinical management of acute coronary syndromes: from evidence to expert consensus … and back!

      Intracoronary imaging for the diagnosis of the underlying substrate and clinical management of acute coronary syndromes: from evidence to expert consensus … and back!

      ntracoronary imaging (ICI) has matured into a well-established clinical and research tool for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) are now widely accepted for the assessment of lesion morphology in patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The large body of evidence gathered on the clinical value of these techniques cannot be summarised in a conventional clinical practice guideline format. Accordingly, a recent expert consensus document on the importance of ICI to guide coronary interventions 1 has now been followed by another expert consensus detailing the value of these techniques to unravel ...

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    24. Clinical use of intracoronary imaging. Part 2: acute coronary syndromes, ambiguous coronary angiography findings, and guiding interventional decision-making: an expert consensus document of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Intervent

      Clinical use of intracoronary imaging. Part 2: acute coronary syndromes, ambiguous coronary angiography findings, and guiding interventional decision-making: an expert consensus document of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Intervent

      This consensus document is the second of two reports summarizing the views of an expert panel organized by the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) on the clinical use of intracoronary imaging including intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), optical coherence tomography (OCT), and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)-IVUS. Beyond guidance of stent selection and optimization of deployment, invasive imaging facilitates angiographic interpretation and may guide treatment in acute coronary syndrome. Intravascular imaging can provide additional important diagnostic information when confronted with angiographically ambiguous lesions and allows assessment of plaque morphology enabling identification of vulnerability characteristics. This second document focuses on useful ...

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    25. In-Stent Restenosis Lesion Morphology Related to Repeat Stenting Underexpansion as Evaluated by Optical Coherence Tomography

      In-Stent Restenosis Lesion Morphology Related to Repeat Stenting Underexpansion as Evaluated by Optical Coherence Tomography

      Aims: To use optical coherence tomography (OCT) to predict newly implanted stent expansion for treatment of in-stent restenosis (ISR). Methods and results: With OCT-guidance, 143 ISR lesions were treated with a new stent. Stent underexpansion was defined as minimum stent area (MSA) <4.5mm 2 and MSA/average of reference lumen area <70%. New stent underexpansion was found in 33 lesions (23%), had a smaller old stent MSA (4.13 [3.32-4.62] versus 5.18 [4.01-6.38] mm 2 , p=0.001), and had a higher prevalence of multiple old stent layers (51.5% versus 10.9%, p ...

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    26. Diagnostic accuracy of intracoronary optical coherence tomography-derived fractional flow reserve for assessment of coronary stenosis severity

      Diagnostic accuracy of intracoronary optical coherence tomography-derived fractional flow reserve for assessment of coronary stenosis severity

      ims: A novel method for computation of fractional flow reserve (FFR) from optical coherence tomography (OCT) was developed recently. This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of a new OCT-based FFR (OFR) computational approach, using wire-based FFR as the reference standard. Methods and results: Patients who underwent both OCT and FFR prior to intervention were analysed. The lumen of the interrogated vessel and the ostia of the side branches were automatically delineated and used to compute OFR. Bifurcation fractal laws were applied to correct the change in reference lumen size due to the step-down phenomenon. OFR was compared with ...

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