Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp 265–273

Characteristics of High-Risk Plaques as Identified on Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography

  • Maros Ferencik
  • Harald Seifarth
  • Christopher L. Schlett
  • Pal Maurovich-Horvat
  • Bryan Wai
  • Brian B. Ghoshhajra
  • Udo Hoffmann
Cardiac Computed Tomography (TC Villines and S Achenbach, Section Editors)

DOI: 10.1007/s12410-012-9149-1

Cite this article as:
Ferencik, M., Seifarth, H., Schlett, C.L. et al. Curr Cardiovasc Imaging Rep (2012) 5: 265. doi:10.1007/s12410-012-9149-1
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Abstract

Computed tomography (CT) is a non-invasive imaging technique that permits the assessment of coronary arteries for the presence of stenosis and plaque. Improved image quality with the newest CT technology has resulted in the ability to perform detailed analysis of coronary atherosclerotic plaque. Multiple cross-sectional studies described morphologic features of plaques associated with acute coronary syndrome. Further, the prognostic value of coronary plaque characteristics for the prediction of future cardiovascular events has been explored. In this article, we review the available literature on characteristics of high-risk plaques as identified by coronary CT angiography.

Keywords

Computed tomography Cardiac computed tomography Coronary computed tomography angiography Coronary plaque Atherosclerosis Acute coronary syndrome 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maros Ferencik
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
  • Harald Seifarth
    • 2
    • 3
  • Christopher L. Schlett
    • 2
    • 3
  • Pal Maurovich-Horvat
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Bryan Wai
    • 2
    • 3
  • Brian B. Ghoshhajra
    • 2
    • 3
  • Udo Hoffmann
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Cardiology DivisionMassachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Cardiac MR/PET/CT ProgramMassachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyMassachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  4. 4.Heart CenterSemmelweis UniversityBudapestHungary
  5. 5.BostonUSA

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