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Abstract #2174

An MRI Technique for the Study of the Prevalence of Atherosclerosis

Yarnykh V, Crouse J, Underhill H, Kraft R, Saam T, Chu B, Takaya N, Yang C, Yuan C, Terry J
University of Washington

We present an MRI technique that provides sufficient coverage of both carotid arteries to enable the study of bilateral plaque burden. We applied this technique to a population of patients without a previous history of carotid disease. The additional coverage afforded by this technique enabled us to find a strong correlation between the presence of atherosclerotic changes in one artery and increased wall thickness in the contralateral artery.