Recent Advances in Vascular Imaging

Kensuke Nishimiya, Yasuharu Matsumoto, Hiroaki Shimokawa

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Recent advances in vascular imaging have enabled us to uncover the underlying mechanisms of vascular diseases both ex vivo and in vivo. In the past decade, efforts have been made to establish various methodologies for evaluation of atherosclerotic plaque progression and vascular inflammatory changes in addition to biomarkers and clinical manifestations. Several recent publications in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology highlighted the essential roles of in vivo and ex vivo vascular imaging, including magnetic resonance image, computed tomography, positron emission tomography/scintigraphy, ultrasonography, intravascular ultrasound, and most recently, optical coherence tomography, all of which can be used in bench and clinical studies at relative ease. With new methods proposed in several landmark studies, these clinically available imaging modalities will be used in the near future. Moreover, future development of intravascular imaging modalities, such as optical coherence tomography-intravascular ultrasound, optical coherence tomography-near-infrared autofluorescence, polarized-sensitive optical coherence tomography, and micro-optical coherence tomography, are anticipated for better management of patients with cardiovascular disease. In this review article, we will overview recent advances in vascular imaging and ongoing works for future developments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E313-E321
JournalArteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • biomarkers
  • cardiovascular disease
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • positron emission tomography
  • tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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