The clinical utility of hybrid imaging for the identification of vulnerable plaque and vulnerable patients

Rong Bing, Roel S. Driessen, Paul Knaapen, Marc R. Dweck

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Despite decades of research and major innovations in technology, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death globally. Our understanding of major cardiovascular events and their prevention is centred around the atherosclerotic plaque and the processes that ultimately lead to acute plaque rupture. Recent advances in hybrid imaging technology allow the combination of high spatial resolution and anatomical detail with molecular assessments of disease activity. This provides the ability to identify vulnerable plaque characteristics and differentiate active and quiescent disease, with the potential to improve patient risk stratification. Combined positron emission tomography and computed tomography is the prototypical non-invasive hybrid imaging technique for coronary artery plaque assessment. In this review we discuss the current state of play in the field of hybrid coronary atherosclerosis imaging.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-247
Number of pages6
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

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