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World J Radiol. Jun 28, 2015; 7(6): 131-133
Published online Jun 28, 2015. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v7.i6.131
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging of the vasa vasorum of carotid artery plaque
Ze-Zhou Song, Yan-Ming Zhang
Ze-Zhou Song, Yan-Ming Zhang, Department of Ultrasound, Zhejiang Provincial People’s Hospital, Hangzhou 310014, Zhejiang Province, China
Author contributions: Both the authors contributed to this work.
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Correspondence to: Ze-Zhou Song, MS, Department of Ultrasound, Zhejiang Provincial People’s Hospital, #158 Shangtang Road, Hangzhou 310014, Zhejiang Province, China. zezhou_song@126.com
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Received: January 17, 2015
Peer-review started: January 19, 2015
First decision: February 7, 2015
Revised: March 10, 2015
Accepted: April 10, 2015
Article in press: April 14, 2015
Published online: June 28, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Stroke is a major cause of morbidity and mortality all over the world. At-risk patients is so-called vulnerable patients because they posses a higher likelihood of developing symptomatic stroke compared with those low-risk patients. Vulnerable patients usually have carotid artery vulnerable plaques and vulnerable plaques posses a higher likelihood of rupture to lead to acute stroke. The vasa vasorum of carotid artery plaque has been confirmed as same as vulnerable plaques and contrast-enhanced ultrasonography could detect the vasa vasorum of carotid artery plaque.