Iron oxides are used for cell trafficking and identification of macrophages in plaque using MRI. Due to the negative contrast, differentiation between signal loss caused by iron and native low signal in tissue may be problematic. It is, therefore, preferable to achieve positive contrast. The purpose of this study was to test the efficacy of a new MRI… (More)
One of the current limitations of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the lack of an objective method to classify plaque components. Here we present a cluster analysis technique that can objectively quantify and classify MR images of atherosclerotic plaques. We obtained three-dimensional (3D) images from 12 human coronary artery specimens on a 9.4T imaging… (More)
The information contained within multicontrast magnetic resonance images (MRI) promises to improve tissue classification accuracy, once appropriately analyzed. Predictive models capture relationships empirically, from known outcomes thereby combining pattern classification with experience. In this study, we examine the applicability of predictive modeling… (More)
The aim of this study was to correlate carotid black blood MRI based measurements with those obtained by ultrasound intima-media thickness (IMT). Seventeen patients with intermediate to high Framingham cardiovascular risk score underwent both carotid ultrasound and rapid extended coverage double inversion recovery black blood carotid MRI. Overall, there was… (More)
Introduction—This cross sectional study was conducted to test reproducibility of analysis of MRI parameters in carotids and thoracic descending aorta (TOA), evaluate the correlation of plaque burden and associations with subject age and gender.