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Complex Coronary Angioplasty with Advanced Imaging Technology (IVUS & OCT)

The cardiac procedures have undergone major technological advancements in the recent years helping the medical fraternity in much faster and accurate diagnosis. Complex Coronary Angioplasty with Imaging Technology is one such invention that is greatly aiding the medical experts.

IVUS: Known as Intravascular Ultrasound, IVUS is usually recommended to determine the amount of plaque build-up in epicardial coronary artery. A specially designed catheter with a tiny ultrasound probe attached to computerized ultrasound equipment gets inserted into the coronary arteries. The IVUS not only provides a complete understanding of the regression and progression of artherosclerotic lesions but also helps the expert take stock of hidden plaque or atheroma. This procedure comes in diagnosing patients with restenosis.

Intravascular OCT:

Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography helps in examining coronary arteries and this procedure offers high resolution of the blocked tubes. It can in fact help the expert doctor in differentiating between fibrous, lipid-rich or calcified plaque. It also provides other detailed information during angioplasty helping the cardiologist to decide upon the type of stent implantation especially in the patients suffering from restenosis.

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