Hemorrhages detection in atherosclerotic plaques using ultrasound and photoacoustic, phantom study

L.K.L. Gouteux, M.Ü. Arabul, M.C.M. Rutten, F.N. Van De Vosse, R.G.P. Lopata

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Rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque in the carotid artery is one of the main causes of stroke and stroke-induced death. Currently, to prevent this risk, endarterectomy is performed based on the stenosis grade assessed with Duplex ultrasound (US). However, plaque composition, e.g. presence of lipids and hemorrhages, is a more important factor of rupture risk than stenosis. The optical absorption of hemorrhages (composed of coagulated, deoxygenated blood) is different from that of oxygenated blood and allows their distinction using different wavelengths. In this study, photoacoustic (PA) imaging is used to detect intraplaque hemorrhages using contrast in optical absorption in combination with the resolution of US.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2017
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-3383-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-3384-7
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS 2017) - e Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, United States
Duration: 6 Sep 20179 Sep 2017


Conference2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS 2017)
Abbreviated titleIUS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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