Niranjan Balu1, Jie Sun1, Daniel S Hippe1, Huijun Chen2, and Chun Yuan1
1Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States, 2Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, People's Republic of
have developed a single sequence (SNAP) for identification of high-risk
features such as stenosis, intraplaque hemorrhage and juxtaluminal
calcification. However measurement of plaque burden, an early marker for
disease, required a separate black-blood scan. In this work, we demonstrate
that plaque burden can be measured using an alternate reconstruction (SNAP2).
In patients with atherosclerosis, we compare vessel wall area measurements on
SNAP2 to established black-blood MRI measurements and show that our method
provides results comparable to established plaque MRI methods.