What is the role of imaging in the identification of atherosclerosis?

Updated: Dec 30, 2019
  • Author: Elena R Ladich, MD; Chief Editor: Allen Patrick Burke, MD  more...
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The criterion standard for imaging atherosclerotic lesions of the coronary circulation is angiography, whereas CT angiography is emerging as a promising approach for the noninvasive assessment of coronary artery stenosis and plaque characteristics. [11, 12] Motoyama et al has reported that the presence of low attenuated plaque and positive remodeling by CT angiography are predictive of future acute coronary events. [13] Newer imaging modalities, such as cardiac MRI, are being developed that may provide less invasive methods of determining sites of stenosis. Imaging of atherosclerotic lesions of the carotid circulation include carotid ultrasonography, a noninvasive technique.


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