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High-resolution coregistered intravascular imaging with integrated ultrasound and optical coherence tomography probe.

  • Author(s): Li, Xiang
  • Yin, Jiechen
  • Hu, Changhong
  • Zhou, Qifa
  • Shung, K Kirk
  • Chen, Zhongping
  • et al.

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We report an integrated ultrasound (US) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) probe and system for intravascular imaging. The dual-function probe is based on a 50 MHz focused ring US transducer, with a centric hole for mounting OCT probe. The coaxial US and light beams are steered by a 45° mirror to enable coregistered US∕OCT imaging simultaneously. Lateral resolution of US is improved due to focused ultrasonic beam. Mirror effects on US were investigated and invitro imaging of a rabbit aorta has been carried out. The combined US-OCT system demonstrated high resolution in visualizing superficial arterial structures while retaining deep penetration of ultrasonic imaging.

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