1. Anton F. W. van der Steen

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    2. Simultaneous morphological and flow imaging enabled by megahertz intravascular Doppler optical coherence tomography

      Simultaneous morphological and flow imaging enabled by megahertz intravascular Doppler optical coherence tomography
      We demonstrate three-dimensional intravascular flow imaging compatible with routine clinical image acquisition workflow by means of megahertz (MHz) intravascular Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). The OCT system relies on a 1.1 mm diameter motorized imaging catheter and a 1.5 MHz Fourier Domain Mode Locked (FDML) laser. Using a post processing method to compensate the drift of the FDML laser output, we can resolve the Doppler phase shift between ...
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    3. Motorized capsule for shadow-free OCT imaging and synchronous beam control

      Motorized capsule for shadow-free OCT imaging and synchronous beam control
      We demonstrate a tethered motorized capsule for unobstructed optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of the esophagus. By using a distal reflector design, we avoided the common shadow artifact induced by the motor wires. A synchronous driving technique features three types of beam-scanning modes of the capsule, i.e., circumferential beam scanning, localized beam scanning, and accurate beam positioning. We characterized these three modes and carried out ex vivo imaging experiments ...
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    4. Feature Of The Week 09/10/2017: Thermo-elastic Optical Coherence Tomography

      Feature Of The Week 09/10/2017: Thermo-elastic  Optical Coherence Tomography
      The conventional OCT image contrast is derived from elastic scattering, and shows the internal structure of the sample. The determination of the tissue type in OCT images usually depends on the interpretation by the image reader. More accurate tissue type contrast may be achieved by new OCT-based imaging modalities, with sensitivity to other physical parameters than scattering alone. Phase-sensitive OCT can detect tissue motion on nanometer-to- micrometer length scales using ...
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    5. Thermo-elastic optical coherence tomography

      Thermo-elastic optical coherence tomography
      The absorption of nanosecond laser pulses induces rapid thermo-elastic deformation in tissue. A sub-micrometer scale displacement occurs within a few microseconds after the pulse arrival. In this Letter, we investigate the laser-induced thermo-elastic deformation using a 1.5 MHz phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. A displacement image can be reconstructed, which enables a new modality of phase-sensitive OCT, called thermo-elastic OCT. An analysis of the results shows that the ...
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    6. EuroIntervention Automated characterisation of lipid core plaques in vivo by quantitative optical coherence tomography tissue type imaging

      EuroIntervention Automated characterisation of lipid core plaques in vivo by quantitative optical coherence tomography tissue type imaging
      Aims: Qualitative criteria for plaque tissue characterisation by OCT are well established, but quantitative methods lack systematic validation in vivo . High optical attenuation coefficient t has been associated with unstable plaque features, such as lipid core. The purpose of this study was to validate optical coherence tomography (OCT) attenuation imaging for tissue characterisation in vivo , specifically to detect lipid core in coronary atherosclerotic plaques, and to evaluate quantitatively the ability ...
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    7. Optical coherence tomography attenuation imaging for lipid core detection: an ex-vivo validation study

      Optical coherence tomography attenuation imaging for lipid core detection: an ex-vivo validation study
      Lipid-core atherosclerotic plaques are associated with disease progression, procedural complications, and cardiac events. Coronary plaque lipid can be quantified in optical coherence tomography (OCT) pullbacks by measurement of lipid arcs and lipid lengths; parameters frequently used in clinical research, but labor intensive and subjective to analyse. In this study, we investigated the ability of quantitative attenuation, derived from intravascular OCT, to detect plaque lipid. Lipid cores are associated with a ...
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    8. Heartbeat OCT and Motion-Free 3D In Vivo Coronary Artery Microscopy

      Heartbeat OCT and Motion-Free 3D In Vivo Coronary Artery Microscopy
      Intravascular optical coherence tomography (IV-OCT) has gained widespread use over the past few years, offering highly detailed images of coronary artery pathologies and interventions (1) . In contrast to the cross-sectional view, longitudinal sections and 3-dimensional (3D) renderings are affected by cardiac motion artifacts and undersampling, complicating interpretation and measurements (2) . We developed Heartbeat OCT, a new OCT method that achieves up to 4,000 frames/s imaging speed for isotropically ...
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    9. Hybrid intravascular imaging: recent advances, technical considerations, and current applications in the study of plaque pathophysiology

      Hybrid intravascular imaging: recent advances, technical considerations, and current applications in the study of plaque pathophysiology
      Cumulative evidence from histology-based studies demonstrate that the currently available intravascular imaging techniques have fundamental limitations that do not allow complete and detailed evaluation of plaque morphology and pathobiology, limiting the ability to accurately identify high-risk plaques. To overcome these drawbacks, new efforts are developing for data fusion methodologies and the design of hybrid, dual-probe catheters to enable accurate assessment of plaque characteristics, and reliable identification of high-risk lesions. Today ...
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    10. Heartbeat Optical Coherence Tomography (Thesis)

      Heartbeat Optical Coherence Tomography (Thesis)
      Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a manifestation of atherosclerosis, a systemic inflammatory disease of the arteries that causes the formation of plaques in the artery walls. Different plaques may give rise to different symptoms: a gradual narrowing (stenosis) of the vessel by growth of a fibrous or calcific plaque will cause chest pain (due to cardiac ischemia) upon exertion, a condition called stable CAD. Sudden onset of chest pain, or ...
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    11. Feature Of The Week 12/06/2015: Heartbeat Optical Coherence Tomography

      Feature Of The Week 12/06/2015: Heartbeat Optical Coherence Tomography
      Intravascular optical coherence tomography (IV-OCT) has gained widespread use over the past few years, offering highly detailed images of the coronary artery pathologies and interventions. In contrast to the cross-sectional view, longitudinal sections and three-dimensional (3D) renderings are affected by cardiac motion artifacts and undersampling, complicating interpretation and measurements. We developed Heartbeat OCT, a new OCT method that overcomes these issues. This study aims to demonstrate in vivo Heartbeat OCT ...
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    12. Heartbeat OCT: in vivo intravascular megahertz-optical coherence tomography

      Heartbeat OCT: in vivo intravascular megahertz-optical coherence tomography
      Cardiac motion artifacts, non-uniform rotational distortion and undersampling affect the image quality and the diagnostic impact of intravascular optical coherence tomography (IV-OCT). In this study we demonstrate how these limitations of IV-OCT can be addressed by using an imaging system that we called Heartbeat OCT, combining a fast Fourier Domain Mode Locked laser, fast pullback, and a micromotor actuated catheter, designed to examine a coronary vessel in less than one ...
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    13. A Micromotor Catheter for Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography

      A Micromotor Catheter for Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography
      We have developed a new form of intravascular optical coherence tomography (IV-OCT) that allows the extremely fast acquisition of high-resolution images of the coronary arteries. This process leads to much better image quality by eliminating cardiac motion artefacts and undersampling. It relies on a catheter that incorporates a synchronous micromotor with a diameter of 1.0 mm and a rotational speed of up to 5600 revolutions per second, enabling an ...
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    14. Tiny Camera Sees Inside Blood Vessels

      Tiny Camera Sees Inside Blood Vessels
      Ahead of any surgical procedure, doctors try to learn as much as possible about the state of the organs they plan to operate on. A new camera developed in the Netherlands can now make that easier - giving surgeons an incredibly detailed look inside blood vessels, all the way to the patients heart. Blockages in coronary arteries, caused by the buildup of plaque, are the main cause of heart attacks. In ...
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    15. Mapping Intravascular Ultrasound Controversies in Interventional Cardiology Practice

      Mapping Intravascular Ultrasound Controversies in Interventional Cardiology Practice
      Intravascular ultrasound is a catheter-based imaging modality that was developed to investigate the condition of coronary arteries and assess the vulnerability of coronary atherosclerotic plaques in particular. Since its introduction in the clinic 20 years ago, use of intravascular ultrasound innovation has been relatively limited. Intravascular ultrasound remains a niche technology; its clinical practice did not vastly expand, except in Japan, where intravascular ultrasound is an appraised tool for guiding ...
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    16. Effect of temperature and fixation on the optical properties of atherosclerotic tissue: a validation study of an ex-vivo whole heart cadaveric model

      Effect of temperature and fixation on the optical properties of atherosclerotic tissue: a validation study of an ex-vivo whole heart cadaveric model
      Atherosclerotic plaque composition can be imaged using the optical attenuation coefficient derived from intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT) data. The relation between optical properties and tissue type has been established on autopsy tissues. In this study, we validate an ex-vivo model for the effect of temperature and tissue fixation on optical parameters. We studied the optical attenuation of human coronary arteries at three temperatures, before and after formalin fixation. We ...
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  2. About Anton F. W. van der Steen

    Anton F. W. van der Steen

    Anton F. W. van der Steen is the head of the Biomedical Engineering department at the Thorax Center, Erasmus Medical College, The Netherlands. Prof.dr.ir. Van der Steen received his MSc degree in Applied Physics at the Technical University in Delft in 1989 and his PhD in Medical Sciences in 1994 at the University of Nijmegen. From 1994 to 1996 he was a senior scientist at the Laboratory for Experimental Echocardiography of the Thoraxcentre and since 1997 he is the head of this laboratory. Current research interests are in vulnerable plaque detection, intravascular ultrasound, ultrasound contrast agents and transducer design for special applications, including transesophegeal, three-dimensional and harmonic imaging.

    He is project leader of a national program on vulnerable plaque visualisation (ICIN32) and was appointed the 2000 NWO PIONIER Technical Sciences for Vulnerable Plaque Detection. In 2000 he was appointed Associate Professor at the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Erasmus University Rotterdam and in 2002 Professor in Biomedical Engineering in Cardiology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands.

    He is the treasurer of the Dutch Foundation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (DFUGB), the president of the section Ultrasound Techniques of this society and the Dutch representative at the Board of Directors of the European Federation Societies in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB). He is a member of the scientific committee and/or local organisation of the semi-annual scientific meetings of the DFUGB, the IEEE Ultrasonics symposiums, the EFSUMB, Ultrasonics International, World Conference of Ultrasonics, Acoustical Imaging and the International Conferences on Ultrasound Biomicroscanning.