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J Endovasc Ther. 2007 Apr;14(2):198-207.

Virtual histology intravascular ultrasound in carotid interventions.

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Wishaw Hospital, Wishaw, Scotland, UK.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report early clinical experience with virtual histology intravascular ultrasound (VH IVUS) in carotid endoluminal repair.

TECHNIQUE:

A 2.9-F, 20-MHz catheter that utilizes computer software to demonstrate the histological components of arteriosclerotic plaque was evaluated during carotid angioplasty and stenting. VH IVUS images were created following a pullback through the carotid stenosis and produced a color-coded map of the different histological constituents of the disease (dark green: fibrous, yellow/green: fibrofatty, white: calcified, and red: necrotic lipid core plaque).

CONCLUSION:

VH IVUS produces a color-coded map of the different histological components of artery plaque. It has the potential to predict how the plaque is likely to behave at the moment of endoluminal treatment.

PMID:
17488177
DOI:
10.1177/152660280701400212
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