New ultrasound technique to improve cardiovascular health screening

23 March 2016

A new study carried out at Lund University in Sweden has highlighted a new technique that will enable physicians to more effectively screen patients for cardiovascular health in the future.

Utilising a mathematical formula to interpret the results of ultrasound screening, this new technique enables doctors to more accurately determine whether or not the build-up of plaque within an artery poses a significant risk of heart attack or stroke to patients.

By more accurately revealing the make-up of these plaques, doctors are able to carry out a non-invasive assessment of a patient's risks.

Magnus Cinthio, senior lecturer in biomedical engineering and a lead researcher of the study, stated: "Ultrasound enables you to screen a larger population, and that in turn means that life-threatening cardiovascular diseases can be detected at an earlier stage."

He added that further advantages include the fact that the technique is completely harmless to patients and is also relatively inexpensive and swift to carry out.

Posted by Philip Briggs

 

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