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High-resolution three-dimensional in vivo imaging of atherosclerotic plaque.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10502766     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The internal structure of atherosclerotic-plaque lesions may be a useful predictor of which lesions will rupture and cause sudden events such as heart attack or stroke. With lipid and flow suppression, we obtained high-resolution, three-dimensional (3D) images of atherosclerotic plaque in vivo that show the cap thickness and core size of the lesions. 3D GRASE was used because it provides flexible T(2) contrast and good resistance to off-resonance artifacts. While 2D RARE has similar properties, its resolution in the slice-select direction, which is important because of the irregular geometry of atherosclerotic lesions, is limited by achievable slice-excitation profiles. Also, 2D imaging generally achieves lower SNR than 3D imaging because, for SNR purposes, 3D image data is averaged over all the slices of a corresponding multislice 2D dataset. Although 3D RARE has many of the advantages of 3D GRASE, it requires a longer scan time because it uses more refocusing pulses to acquire the same amount of data. Finally, cardiac gating is an important part of our imaging sequence, but can make the imaging time quite long. To obtain reasonable scan times, a 2D excitation pulse was used to restrict the field of view. Magn Reson Med 42:762-771, 1999.
G T Luk-Pat; G E Gold; E W Olcott; B S Hu; D G Nishimura
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Magnetic resonance in medicine : official journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine / Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0740-3194     ISO Abbreviation:  Magn Reson Med     Publication Date:  1999 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-11-23     Completed Date:  1999-11-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8505245     Medline TA:  Magn Reson Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  762-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 1999 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aorta, Thoracic / pathology
Aortic Diseases / pathology*
Arteriosclerosis / pathology*
Carotid Stenosis / pathology*
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
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