Contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging of periadventitial vasa vasorum in human carotid arteries

Marco Magnoni, Stefano Coli, Massimiliano M. Marrocco-Trischitta, Giulio Melisurgo, Davide De Dominicis, Domenico Cianflone, Roberto Chiesa, Steve B. Feinstein, Attilio Maseri

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Aims: Arterial vasa vasorum (VV) are known to be involved in the atherosclerotic process. The aim of the present study was to explore whether ultrasound imaging with contrast agent is able to visualize adventitial VV in human carotid atherosclerosis. Methods and results: We studied with standard ultrasound 25 patients with carotid stenosis >50% (ATS group) and 15 patients without carotid artery plaques and an intima-media thickness (IMT) 2= 0.77; P <0.0001). Conclusion: Periadventitial contrast signal was detected in all patients and BFI thickness was higher in patient with carotid atherosclerosis and correlated with IMT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-264
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Echocardiography
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Carotid artery
  • Contrast ultrasound
  • Imaging
  • Vasa vasorum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)


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