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The artery under the lens

EuroIntervention 2010;6:15-17.

Interventional Cardiology Department, San Giovanni Hospital, Rome, Italy
Coronary angiography and histology form the pillars upon which our present knowledge about coronary atherosclerosis and stenting procedures is based; despite the obvious limitation of both techniques, with angiography being just an imaging modality showing the cast of treated arteries and histology a post mortem assessment that cannot provide in vivo findings.

Based on these assumptions, it is not surprising that one of the most revolutionary innovations in coronary interventions, the use of stents as the most efficient solution to treat a diseased artery, was derived from the application of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) rather than angiography. Even with a ...

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