Spatial, Distribution and Temporal Evolution of Scattering Centers by Optical Coherence Tomography in the Poly(L-Lactide) Backbone of a Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold

JL Gutierrez-Chico, MD Radu, Roberto Diletti, A Sheehy, MB Kossuth, JP Oberhauser, T Glauser, J Harrington, RJ Rapoza, Yoshinobu Onuma, PWJC (Patrick) Serruys

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Background: Scattering centers (SC) are often observed with optical coherence tomography (OCT) in some struts of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS). These SC might be caused by crazes in the polymer during crimp-deployment (more frequent at inflection points) or by other processes, such as physiological loading or hydrolysis (eventually increasing with time). The spatial distribution and temporal evolution of SC in BVS might help to understand their meaning. Methods and Results: Three patients were randomly selected from 12 imaged with Fourier-domain OCT at both baseline and 6 months in the ABSORB cohort B study (NCT00856856). Frame-by-frame analysis of the SC distribution was performed using spread-out vessel charts, and the results from baseline and 6 months were compared. A total of 4,328 struts were analyzed. At baseline and follow-up all SC appeared at inflection points. No significant difference was observed between baseline and 6 months in th Conclusions: The SC observed in OCT imaging of the BVS are located exclusively at inflection points and do not increase with time. These findings strongly suggest that SC are caused by crazes in the polymer during crimp-deployment, ruling out any major role of hydrolysis or other time-dependent processes. (Circ J 2012; 76: 342-350)
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Pages (from-to)342-350
Number of pages9
JournalCirculation Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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