Current Cardiology Reports

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 497–502 | Cite as

New Advances in Noninvasive Imaging of the Carotid Artery: CIMT, Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound, and Vasa Vasorum

  • Blai Coll
  • Vijay Nambi
  • Steven B. FeinsteinEmail author


Carotid ultrasound measurement of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and detection of plaques is a useful method to better assess cardiovascular disease risk status, especially in those at intermediate risk. We discuss the use CIMT and other emerging techniques such as contrast-enhanced carotid ultrasound imaging in the evaluation of the carotid artery and its value in cardiovascular disease.


Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) Vasa vasorum Atherosclerosis 



Dr. Steven B. Feinstein has been a speaker for Abbott, Takeda, and General Electric. Dr. Blai Coll received speaker honorarium from Novartis, AstraZeneca, and Abbott. Dr. Vijay Nambi received research support collaboration with General Electric and speaker honorarium from the American Heart Association.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unitat de Diagnòstic i Tractament de Malalties Aterotrombòtiques (UDETMA), Hospital Arnau de VilanovaInstitut de Recerca BiomèdicaLleidaSpain
  2. 2.Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Cardiovascular PreventionThe Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular CenterHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Rush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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