Journal Highlight: Coronary plaques with near-infrared spectroscopy

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  • Published: Jul 4, 2016
  • Author: spectroscopyNOW
  • Channels: Infrared Spectroscopy
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This review covers the principles underlying the use of a combined modality catheter that coregisters NIRS measurements with intravascular ultrasound for identifying lipid core plaques in coronary patients.

Coronary plaques with near-infrared spectroscopy

Continuing Cardiology Education, 2016, 2, 89-98
B. A. Danek, A. Karatasakis, J. Karacsonyi, A. Alame, P. Kalsaria, E. Resendes, B. V. Rangan, S. Banerjee and E. S. Brilakis

Abstract: Coronary near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is an intravascular imaging modality with high sensitivity and specificity for lipid core plaque detection. A combined modality catheter that coregisters NIRS measurements with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is available, providing the operator with both structural and compositional data. NIRS/IVUS can identify plaques at risk for periprocedural myocardial infarction during stenting, allowing implementation of preventive strategies. NIRS/IVUS is currently being studied for identification of vulnerable plaques and vulnerable patients at risk of future cardiovascular events.

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