Carotid magnetic resonance imaging. A window to study atherosclerosis and identify high-risk plaques.

@article{Oikawa2009CarotidMR,
  title={Carotid magnetic resonance imaging. A window to study atherosclerosis and identify high-risk plaques.},
  author={Minako Oikawa and Hideki Ota and Norihide Takaya and Zach Miller and T S Hatsukami and Chun Yuan},
  journal={Circulation journal : official journal of the Japanese Circulation Society},
  year={2009},
  volume={73 10},
  pages={
          1765-73
        }
}
Despite recent advances in the understanding and etiology of cardiovascular disease, it remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. A great deal of research has been dedicated to investigating and identifying plaque instability: the so-called "vulnerable plaque". A reliable, in vivo, imaging method capable of identifying plaque characteristics associated with high-risk plaque will be immensely useful for evaluating plaque status and predicting future events. With excellent… CONTINUE READING

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