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Plaque assessment by coronary CT

  • Bálint Szilveszter
  • Csilla Celeng
  • Pál Maurovich-Horvat
Original Paper

Abstract

Coronary CT angiography (CTA) has emerged as a highly reliable and non-invasive modality for the exclusion of coronary artery disease. Recent technological advancements in coronary CTA imaging allow for robust qualitative and quantitative assessment of atherosclerotic plaques. Furthermore, CTA is a promising modality for functional evaluation of coronary lesions. Individual plaque features, the extent and severity of atherosclerotic plaque burden were proposed to improve cardiovascular risk stratification. It has been suggested that total atherosclerotic plaque burden is a stronger predictor of coronary events than total ischemia burden. The quest to noninvasively detect individual vulnerable plaques still remains. In the current review we sought to summarize state-of-the-art coronary artery plaque assessment by CTA.

Keywords

Coronary artery disease Plaque assessment Vulnerable plaque Coronary CT angiography Atherosclerosis 

Notes

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bálint Szilveszter
    • 1
  • Csilla Celeng
    • 1
  • Pál Maurovich-Horvat
    • 1
  1. 1.MTA-SE Cardiovascular Imaging Research Group, Heart and Vascular CenterSemmelweis UniversityBudapestHungary

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