Non-invasive ultrasound-based imaging of atherosclerosis.

Kaspar, Mathias; Baumgartner, Iris; Staub, Daniel; Drexel, Heinz; Thalhammer, Christoph (2019). Non-invasive ultrasound-based imaging of atherosclerosis. Vasa - European journal of vascular medicine, 48(2), pp. 126-133. Huber 10.1024/0301-1526/a000747

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Early detection of vascular damage in atherosclerosis and accurate assessment of cardiovascular risk factors are the basis for appropriate treatment strategies in cardiovascular medicine. The current review focuses on non-invasive ultrasound-based methods for imaging of atherosclerosis. Endothelial dysfunction is an accepted early manifestation of atherosclerosis. The most widely used technique to study endothelial function is non-invasive, flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery under high-resolution ultrasound imaging. Although an increased intima-media thickness value is associated with future cardiovascular events in several large population studies, systematic use is not recommended in clinical practice for risk assessment of individual persons. Carotid plaque analysis with grey-scale median, 3-D ultrasound or contrast-enhanced ultrasound are promising techniques for further scientific work in prevention and therapy of generalized atherosclerosis.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Angiology

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Kaspar, Mathias; Baumgartner, Iris; Drexel, Heinz and Thalhammer, Christoph


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Catherine Gut

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11 Feb 2019 17:34

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05 Nov 2019 10:06

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Atherosclerosis carotid artery contrast-enhanced ultrasound intima-media thickness plaque ultrasound


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