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New imaging technique sees the heart attack before it happens

Project summary

Most heart attacks and strokes are caused by the rupture of lipid-core atherosclerotic plaques in the artery wall. Seeing the heart attack before it happens may potentially save millions of lives. Dr. Wang is developing a new technique named thermo-elastic deformation imaging, targeting early detection of the lipid-core plaques.


The reconstructed TDI image enables assessment of optical and thermo-elastic properties of tissues simultaneously. TDI together with conventional OCT will achieve an accurate diagnosis of diseased tissues including lipid-core plaques.

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Principal Investigator:

Dr. Tianshi Wang

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