Korean Circ J.  2015 Mar;45(2):87-95. 10.4070/kcj.2015.45.2.87.

Practical Application of Coronary Imaging Devices in Cardiovascular Intervention

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Hospital, Daegu, Korea. shur@dsmc.or.kr

Abstract

The significant morbidity and mortality associated with coronary artery disease has spurred the development of intravascular imaging devices to optimize the detection and assessment of coronary lesions and percutaneous coronary interventions. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) uses reflected ultrasound waves to quantitatively and qualitatively assess lesions; integrated backscatter and virtual histology IVUS more precisely characterizes plaque composition; angioscopy directly visualize thrombus and plaque; optical coherence tomography using near-infrared (NIR) light with very high spatial resolution provides more accurate images; and the recently introduced NIR spectroscopy identifies chemical components in coronary artery plaques based on differential light absorption in the NIR spectrum. This article reviews usefulness of these devices and hybrids thereof.

Keyword

Coronary artery disease; Diagnostic imaging; Percutaneous coronary intervention

MeSH Terms

Absorption
Angioscopy
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Vessels
Diagnostic Imaging
Mortality
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
Spectroscopy, Near-Infrared
Thrombosis
Tomography, Optical Coherence
Ultrasonography
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