1. Gary S. Mintz

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    2. 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 ...
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    3. Morphology and phenotype characteristics of atherosclerotic plaque in patients with acute coronary syndrome

      Morphology and phenotype characteristics of atherosclerotic plaque in patients with acute coronary syndrome
      Background: Contemporary optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are still subject of controversy. We sought to use OCT to evaluate plaque morphology and phenotype classification in patients with ACS. Methods: Using optical coherence tomography, culprit lesions were morphologically classified as plaque rupture, plaque erosion, calcified nodule, thin-cap fibroatheroma, thick-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) or fibrotic, fibrocalcific or fibrolipidic plaque. Quantitative and qualitative analyses also included cholesterol ...
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    4. 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 ...
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    5. Using optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound imaging to quantify coronary plaque cap thickness and vulnerability: a pilot study

      Using optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound imaging to quantify coronary plaque cap thickness and vulnerability: a pilot study
      Background: Detecting coronary vulnerable plaques in vivo and assessing their vulnerability have been great challenges for clinicians and the research community. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is commonly used in clinical practice for diagnosis and treatment decisions. However, due to IVUS limited resolution (about 150-200 m), it is not sufficient to detect vulnerable plaques with a threshold cap thickness of 65 m. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has a resolution of 15-20 m ...
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    6. Intravascular Imaging-Guided Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Universal Approach for Optimization of Stent Implantation

      Intravascular Imaging-Guided Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Universal Approach for Optimization of Stent Implantation
      Despite consistent clinical data supporting the use of intravascular imaging with percutaneous coronary intervention, utilization remains low. A practical and standardized approach to incorporating intravascular imaging with percutaneous coronary intervention may overcome the barriers to utilization. This review focuses on basic image interpretation with intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography and proposes an algorithmic approach to stent sizing and optimization. Incorporation of this strategic method for percutaneous coronary intervention may ...
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    7. External elastic lamina vs. luminal diameter measurement for determining stent diameter by optical coherence tomography: an ILUMIEN III substudy

      External elastic lamina vs. luminal diameter measurement for determining stent diameter by optical coherence tomography: an ILUMIEN III substudy
      Aims Optical coherence tomography (OCT)-guided external elastic lamina (EEL)-based stent sizing is safe and as effective as intravascular ultrasound in achieving post-procedural lumen dimensions. However, when compared with automated lumen diameter (LD) measurements, this approach is time-consuming. We aimed to compare vessel diameter measurements and stent diameter selection using either of these approaches and examined whether applying a correction factor to automated LD measurements could result in selecting ...
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    8. Frequency, Predictors, Distribution, and Morphological Characteristics of Layered Culprit and Nonculprit Plaques of Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction: In Vivo 3-Vessel Optical Coherence Tomography Study.

      Frequency, Predictors, Distribution, and Morphological Characteristics of Layered Culprit and Nonculprit Plaques of Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction: In Vivo 3-Vessel Optical Coherence Tomography Study.
      Background: Subclinical atherothrombosis and plaque healing may lead to rapid plaque progression. The histopathologic healed plaque has a layered appearance when imaged using optical coherence tomography. We assessed the frequency, predictors, distribution, and morphological characteristics of optical coherence tomography layered culprit and nonculprit plaques in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Methods: A prospective series of 325 patients with acute myocardial infarction underwent optical coherence tomography imaging of all 3 native ...
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    9. Left coronary artery calcification patterns after coronary bypass graft surgery: An in‐vivo optical coherence tomography study

      Left coronary artery calcification patterns after coronary bypass graft surgery: An in‐vivo optical coherence tomography study
      Objectives We sought to evaluate the severity and patterns of calcifications in the left main coronary artery (LMCA) and proximal segments of left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and left circumflex artery (LCX) using optical coherence tomography (OCT) in patients with and without prior coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Background CABG may accelerate upstream calcium development. Methods OCT images ( n = 76) of the LMCA bifurcation from either the LAD or ...
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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 ...
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    11. Prognostic impact of healed coronary plaque in non-culprit lesions assessed by optical coherence tomography

      Prognostic impact of healed coronary plaque in non-culprit lesions assessed by optical coherence tomography
      Background and Aims We sought to investigate the characteristics and prognostic impact of healed plaque (HP) detected by optical coherence tomography (OCT) in non-culprit segments in treated vessels. Methods OCT analysis included HP having a different optical intensity with clear demarcation from underlying plaque, thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA), and minimal lumen area. Non-culprit lesion (NCL) was defined as a plaque with 90 arc of disease (0.5mm intimal thickness), length 2 ...
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    12. 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 ...
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    13. Chronic Stent Recoil in Severely Calcified Coronary Artery Lesions. A Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Chronic Stent Recoil in Severely Calcified Coronary Artery Lesions. A Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Study
      Chronic second-generation drug-eluting stent recoil in severely calcified coronary lesions has not been studied. We aimed to evaluate chronic stent recoil by optical coherence tomography (OCT) in severely calcified lesions treated with thin strut stents after rotational atherectomy. In 28 lesions (26 patients with 23% on hemodialysis) treated with everolimus-eluting stents after rotational atherectomy, baseline and 8-month follow-up OCT were compared. Stent recoil was defined as10% decrease in stent area ...
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    14. Supporting evidence from optical coherence tomography for shortening dual antiplatelet therapy after drug-eluting stents implantation

      Supporting evidence from optical coherence tomography for shortening dual antiplatelet therapy after drug-eluting stents implantation
      Introduction : Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is required for coronary artery disease treated with drug-eluting stents (DES) implantation. Shortening DAPT duration would be beneficial for patients with high bleeding risk. Areas covered : Early healing patterns, especially stent strut coverage, assessed by optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a surrogate of neointima have been investigated to make decisions on whether short DAPT would be a safe alternative. This review evaluates the OCT evidence ...
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    15. Competency-Based Assessment of Interventional Cardiology Fellows’ Abilities in Intracoronary Physiology and Imaging

      Competency-Based Assessment of Interventional Cardiology Fellows’ Abilities in Intracoronary Physiology and Imaging
      Although coronary angiography remains necessary for percutaneous coronary intervention, it provides limited information about lesion morphology, functional significance, and percutaneous coronary intervention results-limitations that are addressed by intravascular imaging and invasive physiology with demonstrated improve procedural and clinical outcomes.
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  2. About Gary S. Mintz

    Gary S. Mintz

    Gary S. Mintz, MD, is Medical Director of Publications & Websites at Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) and serves as Editor-in-Chief of TCTMD.com. He is a pioneer and a recognized authority in the field of intravascular ultrasound. Previously, Dr Mintz served as the Director of the Coronary Ultrasound Program and of the Cardiovascular Training and Education Center at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. His prior university employment included Professor of Medicine (Likoff Cardiovascular Institute) and Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at Hahnemann University. His responsibilities at Hahnemann University included Director of the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory, Director of the Coronary Care Unit, Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program, senior attending physician, and senior interventional cardiologist. Dr Mintz completed medical school, internship and residency, and his cardiology fellowship at Hahnemann Medical College and Hahnemann University Hospital.