Optimization of stent deployment by intravascular ultrasound.
Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is a useful diagnostic method that provides valuable information in addition to angiography regarding the coronary vessel lumen, dimensions, plaque burden, and characteristics. The major use of IVUS in coronary intervention is to guide interventional strategies and assess optimal stent deployment. Since the introduction of the drug-eluting stent (DES), concerns about restenosis have decreased. However, high-risk lesion subsets are being routinely treated with DESs, and the incidence of suboptimal results after stent deployment, such as stent underexpansion, incomplete stent apposition, edge dissection, geographic miss, and the risk of stent thrombosis, have correspondingly increased. Thus, optimization of stent deployment under IVUS guidance may be clinically important. In this review, we focus on the potential role of IVUS in stent optimization during percutaneous coronary intervention and its clinical benefits.
Department of Internal Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, Daegu, Korea.
SourceThe Korean journal of internal medicine 27:1 2012 Mar pg 30-8
MeSHAngioplasty, Balloon, Coronary
Coronary Artery Disease
Pub Type(s)Journal Article