The Role of Imaging Techniques in the Diagnosis of Atherosclerosis

  • Han J. G. H. Mulder
  • Albert V. G. Bruschke
  • Martin J. Schalij
  • Ernst E. van der Wall
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 202)


Atherosclerosis is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the Western world. The disease is a syndrome with a variety of clinical expressions dependent on the stage and activity of the pathological process. These expressions may vary from asymptomatic, minor plaque formation to acute myocardial infarction. An important challenge for the contemporary imaging technique is the creation of an image of the atherosclerotic lesions which are “hot”. That is the identification of lesions that are prone to rupture, thereby implying an increased risk for the individual patient for an acute cardiovascular event.


Coronary Artery Optical Coherence Tomography Atherosclerotic Plaque Coronary Atherosclerosis Plaque Rupture 
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  • Han J. G. H. Mulder
  • Albert V. G. Bruschke
  • Martin J. Schalij
  • Ernst E. van der Wall

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