Imaging After Surgical Thrombendarterectomy of the Carotid Artery

  • H. Katano
  • K. Yamada


Though there have been many descriptions of the preoperative evaluation of carotid stenosis and responsible plaques using digital subtraction angiography (DSA), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and the like, few reports can be found concerning postoperative evaluation. For postoperative studies in cases of carotid endarterectomy (CEA), the following factors should be considered. First, for the depiction of amelioration of carotid stenosis and the reduction or diminishment of carotid plaques in comparison with preoperative pictures, it is thought to be necessary to delineate and evaluate the lesions correctly before surgery. Second, for repeat examinations in an outpatient clinic, diagnostic modalities should be less invasive and non-discomforting as well as cost-effective for patients during postoperative follow-up. Third, high performance and high-resolution imaging should be used in order to depict and detect restenosis of the carotid artery, which may occur within several years postoperatively.


Digital Subtraction Angiography Maximal Intensity Projection Carotid Endarterectomy Carotid Stenosis Carotid Artery Stenting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Katano
    • 1
  • K. Yamada
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Neurosurgery and Restorative Neuroscience and Medical Informatics and Integrative MedicineNagoya City University Graduate School of Medical SciencesNagoyaJapan

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