High-speed ultrasound could detect most vulnerable arterial plaques

Grantee News
December 8, 2014
Thomas M Johnson

NIBIB-funded researchers have developed and tested an ultrasound-based approach called intravascular photoacoustic imaging for improved analysis of arterial blockages known as plaques. The system takes precise three-dimensional images of plaques lining arteries and identifies deposits that appear to be "unstable" and most likely to rupture and cause heart attacks. Such critical information could guide early and targeted intervention before the onset of acute cardiovascular events. Read more at Purdue University News.