Improvement of an intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) elasticity modulus imaging approach for detecting vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques

Zahra Keshavarz-Motamed, Simon Le Floc̀h, Jacques Ohayon, Guy Cloutier

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Abstract

Atherosclerotic plaque rupture is the major cause of acute coronary syndrome, myocardial infarction and stroke in the western world. Stress concentration is recognized to be a good indicator of vulnerable plaques (VP). With the objective of assessing plaque mechanical properties, we developed the Lagrangian speckle model estimator (LSME) for vascular ultrasound strain elastography. However, evaluation of the stress field relies on a precise identification of the mechanical properties of plaque components. As a response to this need, our group recently developed an approach called iMOD (imaging modulography). iMOD uses a continuum-mechanics-based segmentation method and the inverse finite-element method to reconstruct elasticity maps (or modulograms) of atheroma plaques based on the radial strain field calculated by the LSME. The present theoretical study was designed to further develop optimization procedures of iMOD to incorporate both radial and shear components of the strain tensor. Simulated IVUS images of coronary lesions with known material properties and known stress fields were used to validate the new iMOD developments. The results demonstrate promising benefits of incorporating shear strain in iMOD-LSME clinical imaging method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075085
JournalProceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
Volume19
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event21st International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2013 - 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Jun 2 2013Jun 7 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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