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Table 1 Criteria for determining plaque components from the MATCH imaging protocol based on components’ signal intensity relative to adjacent sternocleidomastoid muscle

From: Multi-contrast atherosclerosis characterization (MATCH) of carotid plaque with a single 5-min scan: technical development and clinical feasibility

  MATCH contrast weighting
Component Hyper T1-w Gray blood T2-w
IPH (along with LRNC) +   
CA   -  
LM =   +
LRNC without IPH =   -
  1. IPH: intra-plaque hemorrhage; CA: calcification; LM: loose matrix; LRNC: lipid-rich necrotic core. +: hyper-intense; =: iso-intense; -: hypo-intense.