Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a light-based imaging technology that allows for very high resolution imaging in biological tissues. First applied in ophthalmology, where it soon became the gold standard for assessment of (epi-) retinal processes, it also has promising potential when applied to coronary artery disease, as it provides unique possibilities to study atherosclerosis pathophysiology in-vivo. Introducing the cardiovascular application of this technology, Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography in Cardiovascular Research is a unique publication that presents the reader with the basic background to OCT and its role in the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease. Key areas covered include: * the physics, technical principles of OCT and its application in a broad spectrum of cardiovascular research areas* the potential of OCT in peripheral and coronary arteries and in developmental cardiology* the current capabilities for plaque characterization, detection of vulnerable plaque, guidance of interventional procedures, Doppler-assessment, and molecular contrast imaging* a summary of basic physics, engineering solutions, pre-clinical and clinical application. Presenting a concise overview of the current state of the art of vascular OCT imaging, and shedding light on a variety of exciting new developments, Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography in Cardiovascular Research is a highly useful resource for researchers and clinicians involved in the field of atherosclerosis.