Optical Coherence Tomography

Organisation : NHS Lothian
Grant Amount : £ 9,725

Angina affects over two million people in the UK. Stretching up heart arteries using a balloon (coronary angioplasty) and implanting a metal scaffold (stent) is an effective treatment for angina. Ensuring coronary stents ar fully expanded is essential to prevent them renarrowing (restenosis) or blocking suddenly (thrombosis). Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a novel technique that permits detailed visualisation within blood vessels. Optimising stent deployment using OCT may significantly reduce the incidence of stent thrombosis and restenosis. This pilot study will examine the role of OCT during coronary angioplasty and stenting, providing proof-of-principle and justification for a larger clinical trial