Evaluation of intermediate coronary stenosis with intravascular ultrasound and fractional flow reserve: Its use and abuse

Valeria Magni, Alaide Chieffo, Antonio Colombo

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Clinical decision making in patients with intermediate coronary stenosis is still debated. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) examination and/or functional assessment of coronary stenosis by fractional flow reserve (FFR) are currently used to define the severity of such lesions. There are very few studies with a small sample size that have a head-to-head comparison between IVUS and FFR in the evaluation of angiographically de novo intermediate lesions. There are no randomized, controlled trials to demonstrate the superiority of IVUS versus FFR in providing improved clinical outcomes in comparison with angiography alone. However, the issue of superiority might be irrelevant, because IVUS and FFR could be complementary techniques to be used in the catheterization laboratory to provide critical anatomic and functional data that permit more accurate decisions in the management of the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-448
Number of pages8
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2009



  • FFR
  • Fractional flow reserve
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • IVUS
  • PCI, percutaneous coronary intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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