Intracoronary optical coherence tomography: Clinical and research applications and intravascular imaging software overview

Erhan Tenekecioglu, Felipe N. Albuquerque, Yohei Sotomi, Yaping Zeng, Pannipa Suwannasom, Hiroki Tateishi, Rafael Cavalcante, Yuki Ishibashi, Shimpei Nakatani, Mohammad Abdelghani, Jouke Dijkstra, Christos Bourantas, Carlos Collet, Antonios Karanasos, Maria Radu, Ancong Wang, Takashi Muramatsu, Ulf Landmesser, Takayuki Okamura, Evelyn RegarLorenz Räber, Giulio Guagliumi, Robert T. Pyo, Yoshinobu Onuma, Patrick W. Serruys

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By providing valuable information about the coronary artery wall and lumen, intravascular imaging may aid in optimizing interventional procedure results and thereby could improve clinical outcomes following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a light-based technology with a tissue penetration of approximately 1 to 3 mm and provides near histological resolution. It has emerged as a technological breakthrough in intravascular imaging with multiple clinical and research applications. OCT provides detailed visualization of the vessel following PCI and provides accurate assessment of post-procedural stent performance including detection of edge dissection, stent struts apposition, tissue prolapse, and healing parameters. Additionally, it can provide accurate characterization of plaque morphology and provides key information to optimize post-procedural outcomes. This manuscript aims to review the current clinical and research applications of intracoronary OCT and summarize the analytic OCT imaging software packages currently available.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-689
Number of pages11
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-03-2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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