Intravascular Photoacoustic/Ultrasound Catheter

Chulhong Kim

08:00 - 08:15 | Wednesday 12 July 2017 | Park Room


Vulnerable plaques are pointed out as a major cause of cardiovascular disease. However, they are difficult to detect it with conventional intravascular imaging technique due to the devices' unique limitations. In this article, we develop an intravascular photoacoustic/ultrasound (IVPA-US) catheter and system for arterial structure imaging with lipid identification in plaque based on chemical specificity. We successfully obtained US/PA images of an intravascular metal stent using an IVPA-US catheter.