Future Development

  • Martin Villiger
  • Jian Ren
  • Néstor Uribe-Patarroyo
  • Brett E. BoumaEmail author


Engineers and physicists around the world are working on the next generation of intravascular OCT to advance our understanding of coronary atherosclerosis and improve patient management. This chapter discusses the factors that define the performance and capabilities of current intravascular OCT and reviews ongoing development efforts to overcome these limitations. While it is inherently challenging to predict the next technological breakthrough, some of these developments are likely to impact the future of intravascular imaging.


Automated segmentation Artificial neural network Biomechanics Blood flow Extended focus Functional assessment IVUS Micromotor Multifactorial stress equation Multimodality Optical coherence tomography Polarimetry Polarization Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Villiger
    • 1
  • Jian Ren
    • 1
  • Néstor Uribe-Patarroyo
    • 1
  • Brett E. Bouma
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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