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Photoacoustic imaging of coronary artery stents

Jimmy Li-Shin Su, Bo Wang, and Stanislav Y. Emelianov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 22, pp. 19894-19901 (2009)

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Coronary stents are the most commonly used treatment in the United States to repair narrowed or weakened arteries. The ability to visualize the stent during the stenting procedure and post-surgery is crucial to correctly place the stent with respect to the vessel stenosis, and to identify its position within the vessel wall. Current imaging modalities suffer from low contrast, resolution and/or unfavorable artifacts that can inhibit correct visualization of the stent in the artery. We demonstrated the effectiveness of a combined intravascular photoacoustic and intravascular ultrasound imaging method for high resolution and sufficient contrast imaging of commercial stents with respect to the vessel wall.

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OCIS Codes
(110.7170) Imaging systems : Ultrasound
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.5120) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photoacoustic imaging
(170.6960) Medical optics and biotechnology : Tomography

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: July 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 14, 2009
Published: October 19, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Jimmy Li-Shin Su, Bo Wang, and Stanislav Y. Emelianov, "Photoacoustic imaging of coronary artery stents," Opt. Express 17, 19894-19901 (2009)

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