Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology [Medical Sciences]

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 724–726

Evaluation of carotid atherosclerotic plaque stability with contrast-enhanced ultrasonography

Authors

  • Li Xiong熊 莉
    • Department of Ultrasonography, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Youbin Deng邓又斌
    • Department of Ultrasonography, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Xiaojun Bi毕小军
    • Department of Ultrasonography, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Ying Zhu朱 英
    • Department of Ultrasonography, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Weihui Shentu申屠伟慧
    • Department of Ultrasonography, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Fen Yu余 芬
    • Department of Ultrasonography, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Yun Zhang张 芸
    • Department of Ultrasonography, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and Technology
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11596-008-0625-4

Cite this article as:
Xiong, L., Deng, Y., Bi, X. et al. J. Huazhong Univ. Sci. Technol. [Med. Sci.] (2008) 28: 724. doi:10.1007/s11596-008-0625-4

Summary

This study was aimed to evaluate the relationship between carotid atherosclerotic plaque stability and the clinical symptoms in patients with carotid atherosclerotic plaques by using contrast-enhanced ultrasonography. Fifty patients with carotid atherosclerotic plaques were enrolled and examined with contrast-enhanced ultrasonography. The correlation of contrast agent enhancement of the carotid atherosclerotic plaques and the clinical symptoms was analyzed. The results showed that among the 50 patients, plaques were enhanced in the 23 patients with obvious clinical symptoms. In 27 patients without apparent clinical symptoms, plaques were enhanced sparsely in 15 patients and not enhanced in 12 patients. It was suggested that contrast-enhanced ultrasonography could be used for the examination of the microcirculation in carotid atherosclerotic plaques on real-time basis and serve as a new noninvasive approach for the assessment of stability of carotid atherosclerotic plaques.

Key words

ultrasonographycontrast mediacarotid arteryatherosclerotic plaquesstability

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