MR carotid plaque imaging

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There is growing evidence that not only Significant carotid stenosis but also the presence of "vulnerable plaque" in the carotid become a risk factor for cerebrovascular ischemic events. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a useful tool to evaluate carotid plaque characteristics. Multicontrast carotid plaque MRI, including both bright-blood and black-blood imaging, can identify lipid-rich/necrotic core, intraplque hemorrhage, fibrous tissue and fibrous cap status. Ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide- or small superparamagnetic iron oxide-enhanced MRI can image macrophage accumulation or inflammation. Some examples of characteristic plaque MR images were demonstrated. Results of clinical trials based on carotid plaque MRI are also introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-932
Number of pages8
JournalJapanese Journal of Clinical Radiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul


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