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Carotid Imaging Modalities. Kyle Boyce August 3, 2007. Leading Causes of Death in U.S. 1. Heart Disease 2. Cancer 3. Stroke (2 nd leading cause Worldwide) Carotid Artery Atherosclerosis – 7% of patients presenting with initial stroke. Non-modifiable Age Race Gender Family History

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Carotid imaging modalities

Carotid Imaging Modalities

Kyle Boyce

August 3, 2007

Leading causes of death in u s
Leading Causes of Death in U.S.

  • 1. Heart Disease

  • 2. Cancer

  • 3. Stroke (2nd leading cause Worldwide)

    • Carotid Artery Atherosclerosis – 7% of patients presenting with initial stroke

Risk factors





Family History








High Homocysteine

Low Folate

Risk Factors

Brief review pathophysiology
Brief Review - Pathophysiology

  • Fatty streaks

    • Intimal thickening

  • Fibrous Plaque

    • Increased Smooth muscle cells

    • Accumulation of connective tissue

    • Lipid pool

  • Advanced lesions

    • Re-vascularized

    • Necrotic lipid-rich core

Cerebrovascular symptoms
Cerebrovascular Symptoms

  • Ipsilateral Partial or Complete Blindness

  • Absent Pupillary Light Response

  • Contralateral Hemianopsia

  • Contralateral Hemiparesis

  • Contralateral Sensory Loss

  • Aphasia (Left Hemisphere Ischemia)

  • Left visuospatial Neglect (Right Hemisphere)

  • Atypical findings include Limb shaking and Syncope (not generally considered a result of carotid stenosis)

Measuring degree of stenosis
Measuring Degree of Stenosis

Currently, three methods (NASCET, ECST and CC) predominate worldwide.


  • Carotid Duplex Ultrasound

  • CT angiography

  • MR angiography

  • Cerebral Angiography (gold standard)

Carotid duplex u s
Carotid Duplex U/S

  • Uses B-mode ultrasound imaging and Doppler ultrasound to detect focal increases in blood flow velocity

  • The peak systolic velocity is the most frequently used measurement to gauge the severity of the stenosis

  • end-diastolic velocity, spectral configuration, and the carotid index provide additional information

Carotid duplex u s1





High Sensitivity and Specificity for significant stenosis (70-99%)


Overestimates the degree of stenosis

May miss hairline lumens


Carotid Duplex U/S

Ct angiography
CT Angiography

  • Use of x-rays to visualize arterial and venous blood flow

  • Create cross-sectional images which then are assembled by computer into a three-dimensionalpicture

  • Provides an anatomic depiction of the carotid artery lumen and allows imaging of adjacent soft tissue and bony structures.

Ct angiography1


anatomical detail of blood vessels more precisely than MRA or U/S


CI in pt’s with renal insufficiency or severe DM

Risk of Allergic rxn

Radiation exposure

CT Angiography

Magnetic resonance angiography
Magnetic Resonance Angiography

The electromagnetic energy that is released when exposing a patient to radiofrequency waves in a strong magnetic field is measured and analyzed by a computer

Most often used for evaluating the extracranial carotid arteries.

Utilize either three dimensional time-of-flight MRA or gadolinium-enhanced MRA (contrast enhanced MRA).

Magnetic resonance angiography1


Great imaging w/o use of contrast or radiation

CEMRA – higher quality image with less artifact

No catheter in area of interest

May be most accurate non-invasive method


May overestimate degree & length of stenosis? Use NASCET

CI for pt’s with metallic implants

CI in patients with renal insufficiency

Magnetic Resonance Angiography

Cerebral angiography
Cerebral Angiography

  • Cerebral angiography is the gold standard for imaging the carotid arteries.

  • The development of intraarterial Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) has largely replaced conventional angiograpy

    • Lower dose of contrast

    • Small catheters

    • Shorter procedure

Cerebral angiography1


Evaluates entire carotid a. system

Information about the disease process

Assess collaterals




Radiation exposure

Potential for stroke

Limited views of carotid & bifurcation

Cerebral Angiography

<50 %

> 50%

CEA more beneficial for asymp men

with 60-99% stenosis who are

good surgical candidates

References shown in men but not women)

  • Up to date Online. Pathophysiology of Symptoms from Carotid Artery Atherosclerosis. Last revised May 1, 2006.

  • Up to Date Online. Evaluation of Carotid Artery Stenosis. Last revised June 22, 2006.

  • Rothwell, PM, Gibson, RJ, Slattery, J, et al. Equivalence of measurements of carotid stenosis. A comparison of three methods on 1001 angiograms. Stroke 1994; 25:2435.

  • Zwiebel, WJ. Duplex sonography of the cerebral arteries: Efficacy, limitations, and indications. AJR Am J Roentgenol 1992; 158:29.

  • Bowen, BC, Quencer, RM, Margosian, P, Pattany, PM. MR angiography of occlusive disease of the arteries in the head and neck: Current concepts. AJR Am J Roentgenol 1994; 162:9.