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Researchers from Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (IRCCS) Report on Findings in Cardiology Research

February 14, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Researchers detail new data in Health and Medicine. According to news reporting originating in Milan, Italy, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is the 'new kid on the block' in coronary imaging. This technology offers clinicians a high resolution (approximately 15 ?m), that is ten times higher than the currently accepted gold standard of intravascular ultrasound and has emerged as the ideal imaging tool for the assessment of superficial components of coronary plaques and stent struts."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (IRCCS), "Novel OCT systems can perform quick and safe scanning of coronary arteries with a non-occlusive technique. A brief summary containing the key physical principles of OCT technology with particular attention to the novel Fourier domain system is presented. This review will focus on clinical and research applications of OCT in interventional cardiology. The two main fields of OCT in vivo: coronary atherosclerosis assessment and the study of vessel wall response to stent implantation in terms of strut coverage and apposition will be delineated."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Limitations and future perspectives of the technique are presented."

For more information on this research see: Current applications of optical coherence tomography for coronary intervention. International Journal of Cardiology, 2013;165(1):7-16. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; International Journal of Cardiology - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/506041)

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting G. Ferrante, Dept. of Interventional Cardiology, Istituto Clinico Humanitas IRCCS, Rozzano, Milan, Italy. Additional authors for this research include P. Presbitero, R. Whitbourn and P. Barlis (see also Health and Medicine).

Keywords for this news article include: Milan, Italy, Europe, Technology, Health and Medicine.

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