«Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) method that can automatically detect plaque erosion in the heart’s arteries using optical coherence tomography (OCT) images. Monitoring plaque in the arteries is important because when plaque breaks apart it can block blood flow to the heart, leading to a heart attack or other serious conditions.»

«»If cholesterol plaque lining arteries starts to erode it can lead to a sudden reduction in blood flow to the heart known as acute coronary syndrome, which requires urgent treatment,» said research team leader Zhao Wang from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. «Our new method could help improve the clinical diagnosis of plaque erosion and be used to develop new treatments for patients with heart disease.»»

«»Our new AI-based method can automatically detect the presence of plaque erosion using the original OCT images without any additional input,» said Wang. «The ability to detect plaque erosion objectively and automatically will reduce the laborious manual assessment associated with diagnosis.»»

Article written by Optica



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