New Sonographic Imaging Modalities for Carotid Disease Evaluation - A Review

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European Cardiology - Volume 8 Issue 3;2012:8(3):158-164
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http://dx.doi.org/10.15420/ecr.2012.8.3.158

Abstract

Several imaging techniques (such as ultrasounds, computed tomography [CT] scan, magnetic resonance imaging [MRI], positron emission tomography [PET] scan, etc.) can provide interesting information on subclinical atherosclerosis and plaque stability. In fact sonographic imaging techniques can be very useful in this field. All of them have their limitations, but each of them has its own specificity and enlights a specific aspect of atherosclerosis - they are complementary. Will it be possible to one day differentiate high-risk from low-risk carotid plaques and stenosis - differentiate high from low cardiovascular risk patients? Who should or should not be treated? This is a major issue for people dealing with atherosclerosis. This article reviews the new sonographic imaging modalities for carotid valuation.

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