Vessel Wall Imaging Techniques

  • Rui Li
  • Niranjan Balu
  • Chun Yuan


Atherosclerosis-related cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality all over the world. Atherosclerosis can occur in the aorta, carotid, and coronary arteries causing stroke, myocardial infarction, and sudden death without prior symptoms. The culprit lesions are mainly caused from the rupture of the plaque surface which then triggers thrombotic complications. Thus, a challenge for imaging is to identify vulnerable plaques that are likely to rupture. Extensive pathological studies link plaque morphology and tissue composition as major contributors to plaque instability. Thus, raises the need for vessel wall imaging.


Vulnerable Plaque Plaque Component Plaque Vulnerability Double Inversion Recovery Dynamic Contrast Enhance 
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We would like to thank Marina S. Ferguson and Zach Miller for editing this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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