Molecular imaging of carotid plaque vulnerability.

  title={Molecular imaging of carotid plaque vulnerability.},
  author={Angelika Alonso and Dimitrios Artemis and Michael Hennerici},
  journal={Cerebrovascular diseases},
  volume={39 1},
BACKGROUND Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) has been shown to be beneficial in patients with high-grade symptomatic carotid artery stenosis. Patients with high-grade asymptomatic stenosis may only exceptionally benefit from CEA during periods of increased plaque vulnerability. Imaging modalities to characterize unstable, vulnerable plaques are strongly needed for better risk stratification in these patients. SUMMARY Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is a novel and noninvasive technique capable… CONTINUE READING
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