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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2011
  • pp: 597–599

Intravascular photoacoustic imaging of human coronary atherosclerosis

Krista Jansen, Antonius F. W. van der Steen, Heleen M. M. van Beusekom, J. Wolter Oosterhuis, and Gijs van Soest  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 5, pp. 597-599 (2011)

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We demonstrate intravascular photoacoustic imaging of human coronary atherosclerotic plaque. The data was obtained from two fresh human coronary arteries ex vivo, showing different stages of disease. A 1.25 mm diameter intravascular imaging catheter was built, comprising an angle-polished optical fiber adjacent to a 30 MHz ultrasound transducer. Specific photoacoustic imaging of lipid content, a key factor in vulnerable plaques that may lead to myocardial infarction, is achieved by spectroscopic imaging at different wavelengths between 1180 and 1230 nm . Simultaneous imaging with intravascular ultrasound was performed.

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OCIS Codes
(170.0110) Medical optics and biotechnology : Imaging systems
(170.2150) Medical optics and biotechnology : Endoscopic imaging
(170.5120) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photoacoustic imaging
(170.6510) Medical optics and biotechnology : Spectroscopy, tissue diagnostics
(170.7170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ultrasound

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: December 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 26, 2011
Published: February 17, 2011

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Krista Jansen, Antonius F. W. van der Steen, Heleen M. M. van Beusekom, J. Wolter Oosterhuis, and Gijs van Soest, "Intravascular photoacoustic imaging of human coronary atherosclerosis," Opt. Lett. 36, 597-599 (2011)

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