Learn More
OBJECTIVE The two-dimensional speckle tracking (2DT) method is based on the measurements of strain on two-dimensional (2D) images, ignoring actual three-dimensional (3D) myocardial movements. We sought to investigate the feasibility of the newly developed three-dimensional speckle tracking (3DT) method to assess longitudinal, circumferential, and radial(More)
The purpose of this study was to analyze the ability of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to identify coronary arterial plaque diagnosed by histologic examination. We examined 166 sections from 108 coronary arterial segments of 40 consecutive human cadavers (24 men and 16 women; mean age 74 +/- 7 years). The plaque type was classified as fibrous (n = 43),(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated the relationship between coronary plaque components and small embolic particles during stenting and examined the influence on the coronary microcirculation. BACKGROUND In vivo tissue characterization of atherosclerotic plaques was introduced by the Virtual Histology intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS) system (Volcano(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical impact of stent edge dissection, tissue protrusion, and incomplete stent apposition (ISA) after stent implantation, detectable only on optical coherence tomography (OCT), is still unknown because the natural course has not been investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS All consecutive patients with angina pectoris in whom both(More)
We analyzed optical coherence tomographic (OCT) characteristics of different types of coronary thrombi that had been confirmed at postmortem histologic examination. We examined 108 coronary arterial segments of 40 consecutive human cadavers. OCT images of red and white thrombi were obtained and the intensity property of these thrombi was analyzed. Red and(More)
Portopulmonary hypertension (PPHTN) is pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) associated with portal hypertension. It is a common condition among liver transplantation candidates; however, its association with congenital absence of the portal vein (CAPV) has not yet been established. CAPV is a very rare developmental anomaly, which is usually accompanied by(More)
BACKGROUND The precise mechanism of takotsubo-like left ventricular (LV) dysfunction remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS Eight consecutive patients with takotsubo-like LV dysfunction were studied. In the acute phase and 3 weeks later, the coronary flow velocity spectrum and coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) were recorded by Doppler guidewire. The(More)
BACKGROUND Identification of the fibrous cap is important because its thickness is a major determinant of plaque vulnerability in lipid-rich plaque. Thus, a high-resolution imaging technique may be a promising method for the identification of the fibrous cap within lipid-rich plaque. The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to assess plaque characteristics of optical coherence tomography (OCT)-derived thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) by integrated backscatter intravascular ultrasound (IB-IVUS). BACKGROUND Radiofrequency signal-derived IVUS tissue characterization technology has become clinically available and provided objective and(More)
BACKGROUND Positive arterial remodeling and thin fibrous cap are characteristics of rupture-prone or vulnerable plaque. The natural course of the fibrous cap thickness and the relationship between serial arterial remodeling and changes in fibrous cap thickness are unknown. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between changes(More)