Feiyu Li1, Mary McGrae McDermott2, Marina Ferguson1, Dongxiang Xu1, Xihai Zhao1, Chun Yuan1
1University of Washington, Vascular Imaging Lab, Seattle, WA, USA; 2Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
The results from coronary artery studies showed arterial remodeling and plaque eccentricity were two important markers of atherosclerotic plaque burden and subsequent cardiovascular events. The occurrence of coronary expansive remodeling was found associated with eccentric lesions. But few studies focused on peripheral artery disease. The aim of this study is to investigate atherosclerotic vessel wall morphology in femoral artery, in particular lesion eccentricity and remodeling and their relationships using high resolution MRI. The results demonstrated eccentric disease occurred more frequently in atherosclerotic femoral artery as compared to concentric and concentric morphology was more common in positive remodeling lesions than in negative.