Serial Contrast-enhanced Vessel Wall MRI in a Model of Plaque Neovascularization

Abstract

Introduction. Plaque neovascularization, a destabilizing factor in atherosclerosis, serves as a possible source of intraplaque hemorrhage and conduit for inflammatory cells. Measures of plaque enhancement from blood pool MR contrast agents [1-3] have previously been correlated with presence of atherosclerosis, neovessel density and macrophage density. This… (More)

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