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MRI plaque imaging and its role in population-based studies

Chun Yuan1* and Jarett D Berry2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Radiology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA

2 Department of Internal Medicine-Cardiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX, USA

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BMC Medicine 2010, 8:78  doi:10.1186/1741-7015-8-78

Published: 30 November 2010


Noninvasive direct vessel wall (plaque) imaging may provide a good opportunity to study unique aspects of atherosclerotic lesions in different populations. The article published by Esposito et al. provides new insights into our understanding of diabetic atherosclerotic vascular disease by using direct plaque imaging techniques. The findings from this article call for attention to more in vivo imaging to understand the nature of high-risk atherosclerosis, especially in prospective studies in diabetic patients.

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