1. Vascular Wall Imaging of Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Carotid Plaques: Current State of the Art and Potential Future of Endovascular Optical Coherence Tomography

    Vascular Wall Imaging of Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Carotid Plaques: Current State of the Art and Potential Future of Endovascular Optical Coherence Tomography

    As stroke is one of the leading causes of death and long-term morbidity worldwide, the research community has studied cardiac embolic sources, as well as vessel wall pathologies. For the latter, attention has been focused on defining morphologic tissue features associated with catastrophic events stemming from the carotid artery. Multiple noninvasive imaging modalities are currently being used to image and classify carotid atherosclerotic plaques, such as MR imaging, CT, and sonography, in an effort to provide clinically relevant predictive metrics for use in patient risk stratification and to define appropriate treatment options. This article compares and contrasts these existing clinical ...

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