Characterization of lipid-rich plaques using spectroscopic optical coherence tomography

Hyeong Soo Nam, Joon Woo Song, Sun Joo Jang, Jae Joong Lee, Wang Yuhl Oh, Jin Won Kim, Hongki Yooa

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    Intravascular optical coherence tomography (IV-OCT) is a high-resolution imaging method used to visualize the internal structures of walls of coronary arteries in vivo. However, accurate characterization of atherosclerotic plaques with gray-scale IV-OCT images is often limited by various intrinsic artifacts. In this study, we present an algorithm for characterizing lipid-rich plaques with a spectroscopic OCT technique based on a Gaussian center of mass (GCOM) metric. The GCOM metric, which reflects the absorbance properties of lipids, was validated using a lipid phantom. In addition, the proposed characterization method was successfully demonstrated in vivo using an atherosclerotic rabbit model and was found to have a sensitivity and specificity of 94.3% and 76.7% for lipid classification, respectively.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number075004
    JournalJournal of biomedical optics
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 1

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    © 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).


    • lipid-rich plaque
    • optical coherence tomography
    • spectroscopic optical coherence tomography
    • tissue characterization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Biomaterials
    • Biomedical Engineering


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