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Cardiovascular magnetic resonance in carotid atherosclerotic disease

By Chen Huijun, Wang Jinnan, Li Rui, Ferguson Marina S, Kerwin William S, Dong Li, Canton Gador, Hatsukami Thomas S and Yuan Chun

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<p>Abstract</p> <p>Atherosclerosis is a chronic, progressive, inflammatory disease affecting many vascular beds. Disease progression leads to acute cardiovascular events such as myocardial infarction, stroke and death. The diseased carotid alone is responsible for one third of the 700,000 new or recurrent strokes occurring yearly in the United States. Imaging plays an important role in the management of atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) of the carotid vessel wall is one promising modality in the evaluation of patients with carotid atherosclerotic disease. Advances in carotid vessel wall CMR allow comprehensive assessment of morphology inside the wall, contributing substantial disease-specific information beyond luminal stenosis. Although carotid vessel wall CMR has not been widely used to screen for carotid atherosclerotic disease, many trials support its potential for this indication. This review summarizes the current state of knowledge regarding carotid vessel wall CMR and its potential clinical application for management of carotid atherosclerotic disease.</p

Topics: Diseases of the circulatory (Cardiovascular) system, RC666-701, Specialties of internal medicine, RC581-951, Internal medicine, RC31-1245, Medicine, R, DOAJ:Cardiovascular, DOAJ:Medicine (General), DOAJ:Health Sciences
Publisher: BioMed Central
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1186/1532-429X-11-53
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:036713bbb9af474497fc1299a2416e49
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