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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE It remains unclear whether direct vessel wall imaging can identify carotid high-risk lesions in symptomatic subjects and whether carotid plaque characteristics are more effective indicators for cerebral infarct severity than stenosis. This study sought to determine the associations of carotid plaque characteristics by MR imaging with(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the performance of automatic segmentation of atherosclerotic plaque components using solely multicontrast 3D gradient echo (GRE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 15 patients with a history of recent transient ischemic attacks or stroke underwent carotid vessel wall imaging bilaterally with a(More)
PURPOSE To assess fast three-dimensional (3D) black-blood (BB) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging as a noninvasive alternative to intraarterial digital subtraction angiography (DSA) at quantifying moderate to severe carotid artery atherosclerotic disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS Local ethics committee approval and written informed patient consent were obtained(More)
A Simultaneous Non-contrast Angiography and intraPlaque hemorrhage (SNAP) MR imaging technique was proposed to detect both luminal stenosis and hemorrhage in atherosclerosis patients in a single scan. 13 patients with diagnosed carotid atherosclerotic plaque were recruited after informed consent. All scans were performed on a 3T MR imaging system with SNAP,(More)
A simultaneous noncontrast angiography and intraplaque hemorrhage (SNAP) MR imaging technique is proposed to detect both luminal stenosis and hemorrhage in atherosclerosis patients in a single scan. Thirteen patients with diagnosed carotid atherosclerotic plaque were admitted after informed consent. All scans were performed on a 3T MR imaging system with(More)
The association between hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) level and carotid plaque vulnerability has been rarely studied by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The present study of MRI-identified carotid atherosclerotic lesions in hypertensive patients with acute stroke therefore sought to determine the associations between HbA1c level and plaque morphological and(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to compare the atherosclerotic plaque burden between middle cerebral artery (MCA) and extracranial carotid artery (ECA) in ischemic stroke patients using high-resolution, black-blood (HR BB) MRI and to investigate the relationship between plaque burden found in both arteries and stroke severity. METHODS All subjects with(More)
BACKGROUND Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) might aggravate the carotid plaque vulnerability, and increase the risk for ischemic stroke. Few studies reported the acute stroke subtype with carotid plaque characteristics in T2DM patients. This study aimed to investigate the association between carotid plaque characteristics and acute cerebral infarct (ACI)(More)
Significant stenosis or occlusion in carotid arteries may lead to diffuse wall thickening (DWT) in the arterial wall of downstream. This study aimed to investigate the correlation between proximal internal carotid artery (ICA) steno-occlusive disease and DWT in ipsilateral petrous ICA. Symptomatic patients with atherosclerotic stenosis (>0%) in proximal ICA(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the feasibility of the Simultaneous Noncontrast Angiography and intraPlaque hemorrhage (SNAP) technique in identification of carotid plaque surface characteristics compared with the conventional multicontrast vessel wall imaging protocol. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty symptomatic patients with carotid plaque were recruited and underwent(More)