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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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)
Pages (from-to)W13-W19
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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