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In-vivo characterisation of coronary atherosclerosis with optical coherence tomography

Peter Barlis, Giuseppe Ferrante, Francesca Del Furia and Carlo Di Mario
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (12): 728.

The burden of atherosclerosis has triggered intense interest in the study of “vulnerable” plaques at high risk of rupture. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has recently contributed to the in-vivo visualisation of plaque, providing unique insights into the atherosclerotic process, previously only attainable through postmortem examination. This technique uses near infrared light and an optical imaging wire attached to a patient interface unit with a pullback speed of up to 3.0 mm/s.

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  • Peter Barlis1
  • Giuseppe Ferrante2
  • Francesca Del Furia3
  • Carlo Di Mario4

  • Department of Cardiology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK.

Correspondence: peter.barlis@gmail.com

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