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.
- Atherosclerotic disease
- Carotid lesions
- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound
- Intraplaque neovascularization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging