Use of intravascular ultrasound vs. optical coherence tomography for mechanism and patterns of in-stent restenosis among bare metal stents and drug eluting stents

Muzina Akhtar, Wei Liu


This article is a perspective responses to the “Mechanisms and Patterns of Intravascular Ultrasound In-Stent Restenosis Among Bare Metal Stents and First- and Second-Generation Drug-Eluting Stents” by Goto et al., The above mentioned article outlines the use of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in visualizing the patterns and mechanisms of in-stent restenosis (ISR) post percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Although IVUS is an appropriate method of choice for this scenario, IVUS has certain limitations which can be overcome by using optical coherent tomography (OCT). OCT is not only able to overcome IVUS’s limitations but is also able to provide additional information to enhance the understanding of in-stent restenotic lesions. This article also outlines the future directions for OCT both in clinical and investigation settings.

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