Optical coherence tomography to evaluate coronary stent implantation and complications.
Umair Hayat, Vikas Thondapu, Muhammad Asrar Ul Haq, Nicolas Foin, Ik-Kyung Jang, Peter Barlis
Coronary Artery Disease | Published : 2015
Coronary optical coherence tomography (OCT) is now an established imaging technique in many catheterization laboratories worldwide. With its near-histological view of the vessel wall and lumen interface, it offers unprecedented imaging quality to improve our understanding of the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis, plaque vulnerability, and vascular biology. Not only is OCT used to accurately detect atherosclerotic plaque and optimize stent position, but it can further characterize plaque composition, quantify stent apposition, and assess stent tissue coverage. Given that its resolution of 15 μm is well above that of angiography and intravascular ultrasound, OCT has become the invasive imagin..View full abstract