Characterization of atherosclerosis plaques by measuring both backscattering and attenuation coefficients in optical coherence tomography.

@article{Xu2008CharacterizationOA,
  title={Characterization of atherosclerosis plaques by measuring both backscattering and attenuation coefficients in optical coherence tomography.},
  author={Chenyang Xu and Joseph M. Schmitt and S. G. Carlier and Renu Virmani},
  journal={Journal of biomedical optics},
  year={2008},
  volume={13 3},
  pages={034003}
}
Intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been proven a powerful diagnostic tool for cardiovascular diseases. However, the optical mechanism for the qualitative observations are still absent. We address the fundamental issues that underlie the tissue characterization of OCT images obtained from coronary arteries. For this, we investigate both the attenuation and the backscattering properties of different plaque components of postmortem human cadaver coronary arteries. The artery… CONTINUE READING

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