Use of Intravascular Ultrasound in Interventional Cardiology

For the last 60 years, coronary angiography remains the investigation of choice to evaluate coronary artery disease

Samuel L. Sidharta

2014

Scholarcy highlights

  • For the last 60 years, coronary angiography remains the investigation of choice to evaluate coronary artery disease
  • Intravascular ultrasound, on the other hand, is a catheter-based technique which provides a comprehensive assessment of the entire vessel wall, including the extent and distribution of the atherosclerotic plaque
  • The use of IVUS at times may result in redirection of therapeutic management
  • IVUS has provided a significant insight into the understanding of the natural history of atherosclerosis
  • The serial IVUS-measured atheroma change has been widely used as a surrogate end point in various pharmacological clinical trials
  • Kang SJ, et al Intravascular ultrasound assessment of distal left main bifurcation disease: The importance of the polygon of confluence of the left main, left anterior descending, and left circumflex arteries

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