WESTFORD, Mass., Nov. 2 --- LightLab Imaging LLC has begun the first round of human cardiovascular studies using its optical coherence tomography (OCT) ultrahigh-resolution imaging platform and its .014" ImageWire. The study being conducted at the Siegburg Heart Center, Germany, is designed to acquire the first-ever in-vivo microscopic images of human intracoronary plaque using the LightLab system.
The OCT platform uses advanced photonics and state-of-the-art signal-processing techniques to bring microscopic imaging into the body. Using a single strand of optical fiber .006" in diameter, the 0.014" ImageWire enables clinicians to obtain images of coronary anatomy at resolutions approximately 10 times higher than any conventional imaging technology currently available.
"Our objective is to provide clinicians with high-resolution intracoronary visualization to improve their diagnostic capabilities and to assist in the selection, delivery and development of appropriate therapies," said Paul Magnin, president and CEO of LightLab Imaging.