Visualization of Atherosclerotic Coronary Plaque by Using Optical Coherence Tomography

Plaque Characterization by OCT
Chapter

Abstract

Intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a useful modality for the assessment of coronary atherosclerotic plaques, including plaque rupture, erosion, calcified nodule, intracoronary thrombus, thin fibrous-cap, large lipid core, vasa vasorum, and macrophages. OCT offers an opportunity to better understand the thrombosis-prone vulnerable plaques and acute coronary syndromes.

Keywords

Catheter Attenuation Coherence Luminal 

Abbreviations

ACS

Acute coronary syndrome

AMI

Acute myocardial infarction

IVUS

Intravascular ultrasound

OCT

Optical coherence tomography

TCFA

Thin cap fibroatheroma

UAP

Unstable angina pectoris

SAP

Stable angina pectoris

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular MedicineWakayama Medical UniversityWakayamaJapan

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