Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a novel intravascular imaging modality, based on infrared light emission, that enables a high resolution arterial wall imaging, in the range of 10-20 microns. This feature of OCT allows the visualization of specific components of the atherosclerotic plaques. The aim of the present Expert Review Document is to address the methodology, terminology and clinical applications of OCT for qualitative and quantitative assessment of coronary arteries and atherosclerosis.

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Keywords Angioplasty, Atherosclerosis, ECG abnormality, Intravascular imaging, OCT, QRS complex, QT prolongation, ST segment depression, angioplasty, anticoagulant agent, artery wall, atherosclerosis, atherosclerotic plaque, blood clot lysis, coronary artery, coronary artery disease, creatine kinase MB, fibrinogen receptor antagonist, human, infrared radiation, iodixanol, morphology, optical coherence tomography, percutaneous coronary intervention, priority journal, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, reproducibility, review, safety, thrombosis, transluminal coronary angioplasty
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehp433, hdl.handle.net/1765/19972
Journal European Heart Journal
Prati, F, Regar, E.S, Mintz, G.S, Arbustini, E, di Mario, C, Jang, I.K, … Serruys, P.W.J.C. (2010). Expert review document on methodology, terminology, and clinical applications of optical coherence tomography: Physical principles, methodology of image acquisition, and clinical application for assessment of coronary arteries and atherosclerosis. European Heart Journal, 31(4), 401–415. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehp433