Intraluminal real-time ultrasonic imaging: Clinical perspectives

  • J. Roelandt
  • P. W. Serruys


Arteriography with radiological contrast media is currently the principal method for assessment of the presence and severity of both peripheral and coronary vascular disease. The method, however, underestimates the extent and severity of arterial atherosclerotic disease and the large intra- and interobserver variability limits the quantitative assessment of therapeutic interventions [1, 2]. Noninvasive ultrasound imaging provides cross-sectional images of accessible limited portions of the peripheral arterial system [3, 4]. Resolution, however, is limited and the three-layered structure of muscular arteries is rarely appreciated. Precordial cross-sectional echocardiography allows the visualization of proximal parts of the coronary arteries but the success rate is low and the image quality insufficient for clinical decision making in coronary artery disease [5].


Arterial Wall Mitral Valve Disease Ultrasonic Imaging Laser Angioplasty Intravascular Imaging 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Roelandt
    • 1
  • P. W. Serruys
    • 1
  1. 1.Thoraxcentre, Division of cardiologyUniversity Hospital Rotterdam-Dijkzigt and Erasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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