Vascular problems can be life-threatening. Examples are strokes (CVAs) caused by atherosclerosis in the carotid arteries, or lethal ruptures of the aorta if the vessel wall becomes weakened. At present, doctors generally only measure the diameter of the vessels affected to determine the risk of this happening. However, the predictive value of such measurements turns out to be limited. Many people therefore unnecessarily undergo risky treatments. Furthermore, dangerous cases are missed.
This programme will develop new highly accurate ultrasound techniques to produce 3D images of the vessel walls and blood flow. The researchers will develop new imaging sensors, contrast fluids and analysis techniques to more accurately determine whether treatment is necessary.
The project will lead to the development of new imaging sensors, contrast fluids and analysis techniques. These tools will enable doctors to more accurately determine whether treatment is necessary, thereby preventing under- and overtreatment.