Current Cardiology Reports

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 647–650 | Cite as

Neuroendovascular Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging for Cerebrovascular Disease: Current Concepts and Clinical Potential

  • M. S. MathewsEmail author
  • M. E. Linskey
Invited Commentary

Advances in medicine have enhanced the potential of minimally invasive procedures for treating vascular conditions. In neurosurgery, endovascular procedures such as aneurysm coiling, arterial or venous stenting, and clot retrieval are becoming the corner stone of neurovascular therapy with rapidly increasing numbers; and endovascular technology for the brain conditions continues to advance exponentially [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. Advantages of these procedures over open neurosurgical alternatives include minimal disruption of normal anatomy, safety, efficacy, and shorter hospital stay and recovery times [6]. Similar observations apply to cardiology and cardio-thoracic surgery.

Neuroendovascular therapy is currently guided using macroscopic information based on conventional X-ray fluoroscopic imaging which obtains luminal and flow information, but is very limited in its ability to obtain vessel wall information at high resolutions, despite the vessel wall being the site of pathology in most...


Neuroendovascular Optical coherence tomography High-resolution imaging Strokes Aneurysms Cerebrovascular disease 



Conflicts of interest: M.S. Mathews: has a patent (planned, pending or issued) and stock/stock options with PrismScan; M.E. Linskey: none


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurological SurgeryUniversity of California IrvineOrangeUSA

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