New Techniques in Assessing the Anatomy and Function of Atherosclerosis: Promises and Pitfalls
Diseases that are the consequences of vascular atherosclerotic process still constitute the most important cause of mortality and morbidity in the Western world. Despite advances in the understanding of the disease process [1,2], our ability to assess the early presence, the anatomical extent and functional impact of atherosclerosis is still limited. The availability of new and better tools to assess atherosclerosis will provide us with means to monitor the effectiveness of preventive and therapeutic strategies. With the recent rapid advances in technology, many modalities are now available to permit us to assess atherosclerosis with different approaches. This paper will outline these general approaches, and will concentrate on two areas of endovascular ultrasound and new myocardial perfusion agents.
KeywordsMyocardial Perfusion Atherosclerotic Plaque Coronary Atherosclerosis Calcify Plaque Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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