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AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2013 Jul;34(7):1414-8. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A3411. Epub 2013 Feb 7.

Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography assessment of human carotid atherosclerosis using saline flush for blood clearance without balloon occlusion.

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  • 1Central Baptist Hospital, Baptist Heart and Vascular Institute, Lexington, KY, USA.


FD-OCT is a new imaging technique that allows unprecedented in vivo microlevel assessment of human carotid plaque morphologic patterns and stent-vessel interactions. Prior reports describing the use of this technique have used balloon occlusion of the target vessel or iodinated contrast media to facilitate imaging. We report, for the first time, in vivo FD-OCT imaging of human carotid arteries without the use of iodinated contrast material or balloon occlusion techniques.

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