Multimodality intravascular optical coherence tomography

Kensuke Nishimiya, Guillermo Tearney

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Intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT) has become a significant modality for imaging coronary artery microstructure in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Yet, technology improvements could be beneficial to increase its diagnostic capacity and facilitate procedural utilization. This paper reviews an important class of such advances that combines other catheter-based diagnostic techniques with IVOCT to create multimodality IVOCT imaging technologies where the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts. Implications of multimodality IVOCT is discussed for the future of intracoronary imaging and patient care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-65
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biomedical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Autofluorescence
  • Cardiovascular imaging
  • Fluorescence
  • Fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM)
  • Intravascular imaging
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Near-infrared autofluorescence (NIRAF)
  • Near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF)
  • Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • Spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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