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.