Optical coherence tomography assessment and quantification of intracoronary thrombus: Status and perspectives

Filippo Crea, Italo Porto, Salvatore Valente, Alessio Mattesini, Serafina Valente, Leonardo Bolognese

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Abstract

Coronary angiography is the "golden standard" imaging technique in interventional cardiology and it is still widely used to guide interventions. A major drawback of this technique, however, is that it is inaccurate in the evaluation and quantification of intracoronary thrombus burden, a critical prognosticator and predictor of intraprocedural complications in acute coronary syndromes. The introduction of optical coherence tomography (OCT) holds the promise of overcoming this important limitation, as near-infrared light is uniquely sensitive to hemoglobin, the pigment of red blood cells trapped in the thrombus. This narrative review will focus on the use of OCT for the assessment, evaluation and quantification of intracoronary thrombosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-178
Number of pages7
JournalCardiovascular Revascularization Medicine
Volume16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Stent thrombosis
  • Thrombus

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