A team of researchers are using a laser scanning device to investigate the health of blood vessels. It’s still in the early stages of development, but the initial results are promising.
“The camera actually goes inside the vessels,” principal author Luis Savastano, a Michigan Medicine resident neurosurgeon, said in a news release. “We can see with very high resolution the surface of the vessels and any lesions, such as a ruptured plaque, that could cause a stroke.”
“This technology could possibly find the ‘smoking gun’ lesion in patients with strokes of unknown cause, and may even be able to show which silent, but at-risk, plaques may cause a cardiovascular event in the future,” he said.