The presence of significant stenosis at the proximal part of the internal carotid artery is an important risk factor for stroke. Calcified atherosclerotic plaques play an important role in both coronary artery stenosis and stroke. Calcifications in the arteries of the head and neck are visible on head CT, but their relation to proximal carotid artery stenosis is unclear.
In this study, we investigate whether the volume of calcifications in the arteries of the head and neck can be used as an indicator of stenosis at the proximal part of the internal carotid artery.
CT scan of the head and neck. Arterial calcifications in the intracranial carotid artery (left), and mixed aterosclerotic plaques with significant (middle) and non-significant stenosis (right) in the carotid artery.
European Radiology, 23 , pp. 1478-1486, 0000.
Positive calcium scores in the carotid arteries indicate carotid bifurcation stenosis Miscellaneous
European Congres of Radiology, 2014.
Feasibility of calcium scoring of intracranial arteries as a measure of arteriosclerosis in stroke patients Miscellaneous
European Congres of Radiology, 2011.