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Stepwise visualization of a provisional bifurcation stenting procedure—multimodal visualization within a reanimated human heart utilizingVisible Heart® methodologies

DOI: 10.4244/EIJ-D-19-00606

1. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, United States
2. Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Università Cattolicà del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy
3. Odense University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark, DK-5000 Odense, Denmark

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Stenting procedures for bifurcation lesions can be complex, yet are often necessary with percutaneous coronary interventions. There are few resources and clinically applicable models for practitioners to visualize stenting techniques (1). Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) are beneficial for real-time procedural visualization, yet reconstructions of the left main are difficult with OCT and often IVUS produces artifacts (2). Evaluations of implantable cardiac devices require innovative and critical testing during the design process and for understanding procedural outcomes. Other benchtop models for bifurcation stenting are valuable (3,4), however Visible Heart® methodologies offer the unique capability to demonstrate these procedures within physiologic anatomy with analogous compliance and flow human anatomy (5).

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