Thermography of the human arterial system

Br J Cardiol 2004;11:144-7 Leave a comment
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One of the main targets of current research in cardiology is a diagnostic modality able not only to identify vulnerable atherosclerotic lesions but also to monitor the effects of therapeutic interventions on plaque composition. Most of the currently available techniques identify luminal diameter or stenosis, wall thickness or plaque volume, but are not capable of recognising vulnerable plaques that are prone to rupture. Thermography is a new technique which provides insight into the local inflammatory process within the atherosclerotic plaque. In this review we will present in detail the developments and the clinical implications of thermography in the human arterial system.

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