Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered a new and more accurate way to distinguish between harmful and harmless plaque in the blood vessels by using ultrasound. This can help healthcare providers determine the risk of strokes and heart attacks – which means avoiding unnecessary surgery for many patients.
In many parts of the world, atherosclerosis is one of the diseases responsible for a large number of cases of premature death.
Six years ago, a handful of researchers at Lund University in Sweden started taking an interest in how to make it easier to recognise unstable plaques that in worst case scenarios rupture and cause heart attacks or strokes.
Illustration from explainer video showing how ultrasound technique can locate harmful plaque in the carotid artery
Image Credit: Lund University / Jonas Andersson