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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 0,752
Online ISSN 1827-1618
Presbitero P., Zavalloni D., Pagnotta P., Belli G., Rossi M. L., Gasparini G.
Intravascular ultrasounds (IVUS) allowed an innovative visualization of coronary artery disease. This technique developed first in the research field and, then, it was introduced in clinical practice as a supplement to coronary angiography in diagnosis of the severity of ischemic heart disease. The characteristic tomographic view of coronary plaque supplied by IVUS allowed to overcome the limitations of coronary angiography and to add important supplemental information in understanding the mechanism of action of several interventional devices. In this review we analyze current indications of use of IVUS in clinical practice and the future applications of IVUS-related techniques for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease.