What is the role of MRI 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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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to gain information noninvasively about blood vessel wall structure and to characterize plaque composition. MRI of carotid plaque allows for the visualization of plaque composition and plaque components that have been associated with a higher risk of subsequent embolic events. Blood suppressed T1- and T2-weighted and proton density-weighted fast spin echo, gradient echo, and time-of-flight sequences are used to quantify plaque components. [10]


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