Molecular Imaging of Macrophages in Atherosclerosis
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- Aikawa, E., New, S.E.P., Miyazaki, T. et al. Curr Cardiovasc Imaging Rep (2012) 5: 45. doi:10.1007/s12410-011-9118-0
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Macrophages contribute to the initiation, progression, and acute complications of atherosclerosis. Imaging of macrophages during disease progression provides new insights into the mechanisms of atherosclerosis. Advanced imaging techniques may serve as sensitive diagnostic tools for early detection of the disease to identify individuals with subclinical plaques and to prevent devastating complications. Furthermore, molecular imaging may monitor the effects of therapeutic interventions. Development of fully integrated molecular imaging requires dynamic multidisciplinary collaboration.