volume 7, issue 2, P164-169 2005
DOI: 10.1007/s11883-005-0040-2
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Abstract: Complications of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques (rupture, luminal and mural thrombosis, intraplaque hemorrhage, rapid progression to stenosis, spasm, and so forth) lead to heart attacks and strokes. It remains difficult to identify what plaques are vulnerable to these complications. Despite recent developments such as thermography, spectroscopy, and magnetic resonance imaging, none of them is approved for clinical use. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), a relatively old yet widely available clinical tool for…

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