IMAGING TECHNIQUES FOR THE VULNERABLE CORONARY PLAQUE

Ludovico La Grutta, Massimo Midiri, Palumbo, Ludovico La Grutta, Erica Maffei, Alberghina, Aldrovandi, Belgrano, Cova, Filippo Cademartiri, Gabriel P. Krestin, Pugliese, Malagò, Giuseppe Runza

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Abstract

The goal of this article is to illustrate the main invasive and noninvasive diagnostic modalities to image the vulnerable coronary plaque, which is responsible for acute coronary syndrome. The main epidemiologic and histological issues are briefly discussed in order to provide an adequate background. Comprehensive coronary atherosclerosis imaging should involve visualization of the entire coronary artery tree and plaque characterization, including three-dimensional morphology, relationship with the lumen, composition, vascular remodelling and presence of inflammation. No single technique provides such a comprehensive description, and no available modality extensively identifies the vulnerable plaque. In particular, we describe multislice computed tomography, which at present seems to be the most promising noninvasive tool for an exhaustive image-based quantification of coronary atherosclerosis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-659
Number of pages23
JournalLA RADIOLOGIA MEDICA
Volume112
Publication statusPublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    La Grutta, L., Midiri, M., Palumbo, La Grutta, L., Maffei, E., Alberghina, Aldrovandi, Belgrano, Cova, Cademartiri, F., Krestin, G. P., Pugliese, Malagò, & Runza, G. (2007). IMAGING TECHNIQUES FOR THE VULNERABLE CORONARY PLAQUE. LA RADIOLOGIA MEDICA, 112, 637-659.