What is the role of ultrasonography in the workup of noncoronary atherosclerosis?

Updated: Dec 23, 2019
  • Author: F Brian Boudi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Yasmine S Ali, MD, FACC, FACP, MSCI  more...
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Ultrasonography aids in evaluating brachial artery reactivity and carotid artery intima-media thickness, which are measures of vessel wall function and anatomy, respectively. These evaluations remain research techniques at this time but hold promise as reliable, noninvasive (and therefore repeatable) measures of disease and surrogate end points for the evaluation of therapeutic interventions.


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