for Stroke Prevention
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be an effective
screening test for preventing ischemic stroke in people with atherosclerosis.
A study published in Circulation found that high-resolution MRI
scans of the carotid arteries can detect ruptured fibrous caps
within fatty deposits on the arterial wall. Previous research has
shown that strokes are more likely when such ruptures are present.
If these findings are confirmed, MRI scans may soon be routinely
used to identify high-risk patients who should consider undergoing
Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50, May 2002.