Characteristics of High-Risk Plaques as Identified on Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography

Maros Ferencik, Harald Seifarth, Christopher L. Schlett, Pal Maurovich-Horvat, Bryan Wai, Brian B. Ghoshhajra, Udo Hoffmann

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    Computed tomography (CT) is a non-invasive imaging technique that permits the assessment of coronary arteries for the presence of stenosis and plaque. Improved image quality with the newest CT technology has resulted in the ability to perform detailed analysis of coronary atherosclerotic plaque. Multiple cross-sectional studies described morphologic features of plaques associated with acute coronary syndrome. Further, the prognostic value of coronary plaque characteristics for the prediction of future cardiovascular events has been explored. In this article, we review the available literature on characteristics of high-risk plaques as identified by coronary CT angiography.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)265-273
    Number of pages9
    JournalCurrent Cardiovascular Imaging Reports
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


    • Acute coronary syndrome
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Cardiac computed tomography
    • Computed tomography
    • Coronary computed tomography angiography
    • Coronary plaque

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Histology
    • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
    • Cell Biology

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