MRI of carotid atherosclerosis to identify TIA and stroke patients who are at risk of a recurrence

R.M. Kwee, Robert Jan van Oostenbrugge, W.H. Mess, M.H. Prins, R.J. van der Geest, J.W. Ter Berg, CL. Franke, A.G. Korten, B.J. Meems, J.M. van Engelshoven, J.E. Wildberger, M.E. Kooi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


PURPOSE: To evaluate the potential of carotid plaque MRI to predict transient ischemic attack (TIA) and stroke recurrence in previously symptomatic patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred twenty-six TIA/stroke patients with ipsilateral 30-69% carotid stenosis underwent multisequence carotid plaque MRI. The presence of a lipid-rich necrotic core (LRNC), fibrous cap (FC) status, and intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH) were assessed. Patients were followed to determine the recurrence of ipsilateral TIA and/or stroke within 1 year after inclusion. RESULTS: Thirteen patients suffered from recurrent ipsilateral clinical ischemic events (10 TIAs and 3 strokes). Carotid stenosis grade was not associated with recurrent events (hazard ratio [HR] for 50-69% versus 30-49% stenosis = 1.198; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.383 to 3.749; P = 0.756). The presence of an LRNC (HR = 3.2001; 95% CI, 1.078 to 9.504; P = 0.036), a thin and/or ruptured FC (HR = 5.756; 95% CI, 1.913 to 17.324; P = 0.002), and IPH (HR = 3.542; 95% CI, 1.058 to 11.856; P = 0.040) were associated with recurrence. CONCLUSION: The presence of MRI-depicted LRNC, a thin and/or ruptured FC, and IPH are associated with the recurrence of clinical cerebrovascular ischemic events in TIA and stroke patients with carotid atherosclerosis. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2013;.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1189-1194
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


  • carotid atherosclerosis
  • TIA
  • stroke
  • plaque
  • MRI
  • MILD

Cite this

Kwee, R. M., van Oostenbrugge, R. J., Mess, W. H., Prins, M. H., van der Geest, R. J., Ter Berg, J. W., Franke, CL., Korten, A. G., Meems, B. J., van Engelshoven, J. M., Wildberger, J. E., & Kooi, M. E. (2013). MRI of carotid atherosclerosis to identify TIA and stroke patients who are at risk of a recurrence. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 37(5), 1189-1194.