1. Francesco Prati

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    2. Dual role of circulating endothelial progenitor cells in stent struts endothelialisation and neointimal regrowth: a substudy of the IN-PACT Coro trial

      Dual role of circulating endothelial progenitor cells in stent struts endothelialisation and neointimal regrowth: a substudy of the IN-PACT Coro trial

      Background Endothelialisation is a crucial event after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) are bone marrow derived elements with reparative properties. We aimed to assess the relationship between circulating EPC levels and stent neointimal hyperplasia (NIH) using frequency domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT). Methods Patients undergoing elective PCI to native vessels and randomized to bare metal stent (BMS) alone versus BMS plus drug coated balloon (DCB) were included. At six months, angiographic follow-up and FD-OCT were performed to measure percentage neointimal hyperplasia volume obstruction (%NIHV), and percentage of uncovered stent struts (%US). Venous blood samples were obtained before ...

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    3. Matching human pathology is essential for validating OCT imaging to detect high-risk plaques

      Matching human pathology is essential for validating OCT imaging to detect high-risk plaques

      We thank Mark Brezinski for his Correspondence ( Capabilities, limitations, and misconceptions of using OCT to assess vulnerable plaques . Nat. Rev. Cardiol. doi:10.1038/nrcardio.2014.62-c1 ) 1 on our Review ( Clinical classification of plaque morphology in coronary disease . Nat. Rev. Cardiol. 11 , 379 – 389 ; 2014 ), 2 and for his comments and clarifications. We agree that the phenomenon

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    4. Invasive management without stents in selected acute coronary syndrome patients with a large thrombus burden: a prospective study of optical coherence tomography guided treatment decisions

      Invasive management without stents in selected acute coronary syndrome patients with a large thrombus burden: a prospective study of optical coherence tomography guided treatment decisions

      Aims: To assess whether a strategy of invasive management without stents in selected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients with a large thrombus burden (LTB) might be feasible and safe. Methods and results: We performed a prospective non-randomised observational cohort study of invasive treatment decisions guided by optical coherence tomography (OCT) in selected ACS patients with LTB. Among 852 ACS patients who had undergone invasive coronary angiography, 101 (11.8%) patients with large thrombus burden on initial angiography underwent thrombectomy to restore TIMI 3 flow without stenting. All of these patients then had repeat angiography with OCT (days 0-2 [Group 1 ...

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    5. Quantification of manual thrombus removal in patients with acute coronary syndromes: a study exploiting serial frequency domain-optical coherence tomography

      Quantification of manual thrombus removal in patients with acute coronary syndromes: a study exploiting serial frequency domain-optical coherence tomography

      Aims: Thrombus aspiration is useful in improving myocardial reperfusion in comparison to conventional percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Nonetheless, assessment of thrombus aspiration efficacy is lacking. Aim of this study was to quantify by frequency domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) the amount of thrombus removal in patients with acute coronary syndromes undergoing manual thrombus aspiration, correlating it with the actual size of the retrieved material. Methods: Twenty-five consecutive patients with acute coronary syndrome were enrolled. OCT assessment of thrombotic lesions was performed before and after thrombus aspiration and repeated after stent deployment. OCT thrombus assessment was ...

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    6. Reproducibility of the Carpet View system: a novel technical solution for display and off line analysis of OCT images

      Reproducibility of the Carpet View system: a novel technical solution for display and off line analysis of OCT images

      The optical coherence tomography (OCT) evaluation of the stent anatomy requires the inspection of sequential cross section (CS). However stent coils cannot be appreciated in the conventional format as the OCT CS simply display stent struts, that are poorly representative of the stent architecture. The aim of the present study was to validate a new software ( Carpet View ), which unfolds the stented segment, reconstructing it as an open structure and displaying the stent meshwork. 21 patients were studied with frequency domain OCT after the deployment of different stents: seven bio-absorbable scaffolds (Dream), seven bare metal stent (Vision/Multilink8), seven drug ...

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    7. Clinical classification of plaque morphology in coronary disease

      Clinical classification of plaque morphology in coronary disease

      In published post-mortem pathological studies, more than two-thirds of acute coronary events are associated with the rupture of lipid-rich, voluminous, and outwardly remodelled plaques covered by attenuated and inflamed fibrous caps in the proximal part of coronary arteries. Superficial erosion of the plaques is responsible for most of the remaining events; the eroded plaques usually do not demonstrate much lipid burden, do not have thin fibrous caps, are not positively remodelled, and are not critically occlusive. Both noninvasive and invasive imaging studies have been performed to clinically define the plaque characteristics in acute coronary syndromes in an attempt to identify ...

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    8. Methodology for fully automated segmentation and plaque characterization in intracoronary optical coherence tomography images

      Methodology for fully automated segmentation and plaque characterization in intracoronary optical coherence tomography images

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a light-based intracoronary imaging modality that provides high-resolution cross-sectional images of the luminal and plaque morphology. Currently, the segmentation of OCT images and identification of the composition of plaque are mainly performed manually by expert observers. However, this process is laborious and time consuming and its accuracy relies on the expertise of the observer. To address these limitations, we present a methodology that is able to process the OCT data in a fully automated fashion. The proposed methodology is able to detect the lumen borders in the OCT frames, identify the plaque region, and detect ...

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    9. Stent-related defects in patients presenting with stent thrombosis: differences at optical coherence tomography between subacute and late/very late thrombosis in the Mechanism Of Stent Thrombosis (MOST) study

      Stent-related defects in patients presenting with stent thrombosis: differences at optical coherence tomography between subacute and late/very late thrombosis in the Mechanism Of Stent Thrombosis (MOST) study

      Aims: Subacute, late, and very late stent thrombosis (ST) may occur after stent implantation, but they are characterised by different underlying pathophysiological mechanisms. We sought to appraise differences between subacute and late/very late ST at the thrombus site by optical coherence tomography (OCT). The Mechanism Of Stent Thrombosis (MOST) study was a prospective multicentre non-randomised registry which enrolled six subacute ST and six controls (subacute ST study), and 17 late/very late ST and 17 controls (late/very late ST study). Methods and results: Patients with subacute ST had a minimum stent area at the thrombus site of 2 ...

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    10. Comprehensive overview of definitions for optical coherence tomography-based plaque and stent analyses

      Comprehensive overview of definitions for optical coherence tomography-based plaque and stent analyses

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is the current state-of-the-art intracoronary imaging modality that allows visualization of detailed morphological characteristics of both atherosclerotic plaque and stent. So far, three expert review documents have been released for standardization of OCT image analysis. In the real world, a variety of definitions are being used by different groups and by different core laboratories to analyze OCT findings because of different clinical/procedural contexts in which OCT research has been carried out. This comprehensive overview is aimed to summarize different applicable definitions used by different research groups in plaque and stent analysis using OCT. In addition ...

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    11. Fully automated calcium detection using optical coherence tomography

      Fully automated calcium detection using optical coherence tomography

      Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a new invasive technology for performing high-resolution cross-sectional imaging of the coronary arteries. In OCT images only Calcified plaque (CA) components can be accurately depicted as light penetrates hard tissue. In this work we present an automated method for detecting CA in OCT images. The method is fully automated as no user intervention is needed and includes three steps. In the first step the region between the lumen and the maximum penetration depth of OCT from the lumen border is determined. In the second step the region is classified into 3 clusters using the K-means ...

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    12. Optical coherence tomography criteria for defining functional severity of intermediate lesions: a comparative study with FFR

      Optical coherence tomography criteria for defining functional severity of intermediate lesions: a comparative study with FFR

      Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is the gold standard in the assessment of severity of the coronary stenosis. The aim of the study was to compare optical coherence tomography (OCT) obtained intermediate coronary lesions lumen areas measurements with FFR assessments, with the goal to develop an OCT threshold to identify significant coronary stenosis. 48 patients (mean age 65 ± 10 years) was enrolled for the study. Within this population, 71 intermediate coronary lesions were investigated using both FFR and OCT. High dose bolus of Adenosine (120 μg) was used to obtain coronary hyperemia. OCT imaging was performed using non-occlusive technique to assess ...

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    Francesco Prati, MD, is from the San Giovanni-Addolorata Hospital in Rome.

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    1. The technique allows high-resolution arterial-wall imaging in the range of 10-20 microns, allowing penetrance into the arterial wall and visualisation of specific components of the atherosclerotic plaques, including calcification, fibrotic tissue, necrotic lipid pools and thrombotic components.
      In In search of the thrombosis-prone vulnerable plaque