OBJECTIVES: We used optical coherence tomography, which has a resolution of <20 microm, to analyze thin layers of neointima in rapamycin-eluting coronary stents. BACKGROUND: Lack of neointimal coverage has been implicated in the pathogenesis of drug-eluting coronary stent thrombosis. Angiography and intracoronary ultrasound lack the resolution to examine this. METHODS: We conducted a randomized trial in patients receiving polymer-coated rapamycin-eluting stents (Cypher, Cordis, Johnson and...Expand abstract
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A randomized optical coherence tomography study of coronary stent strut coverage and luminal protrusion with rapamycin-eluting stents.
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