IVUS System Combines Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

 

September 1, 2010

The first catheter to combine near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) can help characterize coronary plaque and stent placement. The InfraReDx Inc. LipiScan IVUS Coronary Imaging System is designed to help cardiologists identify and characterize the plaques that complicate stenting and are associated with acute coronary events. The NIR spectroscopy identifies the chemical content of the plaques. The IVUS provides an image of plaque structure and stent features.

The LipiScan IVUS provides a grayscale IVUS image of the coronary artery along with a complete and co-registered chemogram – a map of LCP within the imaged vessel. It helps physicians identify lipid-core plaques, the degree of stenosis, reference vessel diameter, plaque burden and stent expansion and apposition.

For more information: www.infraredx.com