Heartbeat OCT: In vivo intravascular megahertz-optical coherence tomography

Tianshi Wang, Tom Pfeiffer, Evelyn Regar, Wolfgang Wieser, Heleen van Beusekom, Charles T. Lancee, Geert Springeling, Ilona Krabbendam, Antonius F.W. van der Steen, Robert Huber, Gijs van Soest

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Cardiac motion artifacts, non-uniform rotational distortion and undersampling affect the image quality and the diagnostic impact of intravascular optical coherence tomography (IV-OCT). In this study we demonstrate how these limitations of IV-OCT can be addressed by using an imaging system that we called “Heartbeat OCT”, combining a fast Fourier Domain Mode Locked laser, fast pullback, and a micromotor actuated catheter, designed to examine a coronary vessel in less than one cardiac cycle. We acquired in vivo data sets of two coronary arteries in a porcine heart with both Heartbeat OCT, working at 2.88 MHz A-line rate, 4000 frames/s and 100 mm/s pullback speed, and with a commercial system. The in vivo results show that Heartbeat OCT provides faithfully rendered, motion-artifact free, fully sampled vessel wall architecture, unlike the conventional IV-OCT data. We present the Heartbeat OCT system in full technical detail and discuss the steps needed for clinical translation of the technology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number250211
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)5021-5032
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 23.11.2015


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