Neovascularization in the Carotid Atherosclerotic Plaque can be Identified by Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced High Resolution 3TMRI
Ma L, Han J, Liu X, Cai J
PLA general hospital
The gadolinium-based dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI can detect the major carotid atherosclerotic plaque components in vivo due to their characteristic enhancement patterns, especially to identify neovascularization-rich area (NRA).The NRA showed highest peak intensity enhancement and shorter time to peak (TTP) than other plague components. The TTP can provide useful information to detect NRA. Accurately identifying the presence of neovasculature based on DCE MRI may provide valuable information on predicting plaque stability.