Intracoronary thermography for detection of high-risk vulnerable plaques.

  title={Intracoronary thermography for detection of high-risk vulnerable plaques.},
  author={Mohammad Madjid and James T. Willerson and S. Ward Casscells},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  volume={47 8 Suppl},
Up to two-thirds of acute myocardial infarctions develop at sites of culprit lesions without a significant stenosis. New imaging techniques are needed to identify those lesions with an increased risk of developing an acute complication in the near future. Inflammation is a hallmark feature of these vulnerable/high-risk plaques. We have shown that inflamed atherosclerotic plaques are hot and their surface temperature correlates with an increased number of macrophages and decreased fibrous-cap… CONTINUE READING