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Intravascular Raman spectroscopic catheter for molecular diagnosis of atherosclerotic coronary disease

Yuichi Komachi, Hidetoshi Sato, and Hideo Tashiro  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 30, pp. 7938-7943 (2006)

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An intravascular catheter for Raman spectroscopic detection and analysis of coronary atherosclerotic disease has been developed. The catheter, having an outer diameter of 2 mm, consisted of a side-view-type micro-Raman probe, an imaging fiber bundle, a working channel (injection drain), and a balloon. By inflating the balloon, the probe was brought close to the inner wall of a modeled blood flow system and detected a phantom target buried in the wall. Results obtained demonstrate the possibility of using the spectroscopic catheter for molecular diagnosis of coronary lesions.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(170.4580) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical diagnostics for medicine
(170.5660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Raman spectroscopy

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: January 30, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 30, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: June 18, 2006

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Vol. 1, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Yuichi Komachi, Hidetoshi Sato, and Hideo Tashiro, "Intravascular Raman spectroscopic catheter for molecular diagnosis of atherosclerotic coronary disease," Appl. Opt. 45, 7938-7943 (2006)

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