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American Heart Association In Brief: Intravascular MRI catheter

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Intravascular MRI catheter: Device developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins "may identify arterial deposits at high risk of rupturing," according to results from a study presented Nov. 11 at the AHA scientific sessions. Study co-author Ergin Atalar, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, designed the device. In the study, he and a group of Hopkins researchers used the product to measure lipids in deposits on vessel walls, comparing their findings to microscopic tests. Use of the MRI catheter correctly identified 11 of 12 samples that had no decaying lipid core and 14 of 19 cases with "moderate to severe" lipid deposits. The MRI device identified 2 of 3 ruptured lipid deposits and 30 of 32 deposits in which no rupture had occurred...
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