April 21, 2010 – Nearly 50 percent of survey respondents said they would adopt optical coherence tomography (OCT) intravascular imaging systems when they become available in the United States. The survey of Diagnostic & Invasive Cardiology readers took place online from March through April.
Readers were asked if they would switch to OCT from intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) once systems become commercially available. The results showed 47 percent would adopt OCT, and 29 percent said they would stick with currently available IVUS systems. The remaining 24 percent of respondents said they need more information before making a final decision.
OCT is frequently called “high-definition IVUS,” because its resolution is near photographic quality. Lower resolution IVUS images tend to be grainy, and objects are much less defined. OCT systems are currently available in Europe, but are not yet cleared for clinical use in the United States.
For more information: www.dicardiology.net/node/31188/results