Intravascular ultrasounds (IVUS) allowed an innovative visualization of coronary artery disease. This technique developed first in the research field and, then, it was introduced in clinical practice as a supplement to coronary angiography in diagnosis of the severity of ischemic heart disease. The characteristic tomographic view of coronary plaque supplied by IVUS allowed to overcome the limitations of coronary angiography and to add important supplemental information in understanding the mechanism of action of several interventional devices. In this review we analyze current indications of use of IVUS in clinical practice and the future applications of IVUS-related techniques for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease.
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2005|
- Coronary disease
- Ultrasonography, interventional
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine