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Coronary interventions - Mini focus on bifurcation lesions

Stepwise visualisation of a provisional bifurcation stenting procedure – multimodal visualisation within a reanimated human heart utilising Visible Heart methodologies

EuroIntervention 2020;16:e734-e737. DOI: 10.4244/EIJ-D-19-00606

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


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 visualise stenting techniques1. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) are beneficial for real-time procedural visualisation; however, reconstructions of the left main are difficult with OCT and often IVUS produces artefacts2. 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 valuable3,4; however, Visible Heart® methodologies offer the unique capability of demonstrating ...

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