Contrast-enhanced ultrasound for assessing carotid atherosclerotic plaque lesions

Sasan Partovi, Matthias Loebe, Markus Aschwanden, Thomas Baldi, Kurt A. Jäger, Steven B. Feinstein, Daniel Staub

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound that is used to assess atherosclerotic carotid plaques improves visualization of vessel wall irregularities and provides direct visualization of intraplaque neovascularization. This article illustrates the use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in the assessment of carotid atherosclerotic lesions. CONCLUSION. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound is a new, noninvasive, and safe procedure for imaging carotid atherosclerotic lesions. It is a valuable tool for evaluating the vulnerable plaque at risk for rupture and for evaluating both the development and severity of systemic atherosclerotic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume198
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

Keywords

  • Atherosclerotic disease
  • Carotid lesions
  • Contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • Intraplaque neovascularization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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