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Offline fusion of co-registered intravascular ultrasound and frequency domain optical coherence tomography images for the analysis of human atherosclerotic plaques

1. Department of Cardiology, Thoraxcenter, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; 2. Department of Cardiology, Bern University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland; 3. Department of Cardiology, Kosin University Hospital, Busan, Korea; 4. Department of Cardiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark; 5. Division of Image Processing (LKEB), University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands

Aims: To demonstrate the feasibility and potential usefulness of an offline fusion of matched optical coherence tomography (OCT) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)/virtual histology (IVUS-VH) images.

Methods and results: A total of nine matched OCT, IVUS, and IVUS-VH cross-sections were fused according to a methodology described in this report. On the basis of the fused images, an OCT-IVUS-VH tissue classification algorithm is proposed taking into account the individual strength of both techniques.

Conclusions: Offline fusion of co-registered IVUS and OCT is feasible and combines the strengths of both imaging modalities, potentially improving the diagnostic accuracy of plaque characterisation.

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