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Table 1 Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

From: Computed tomography angiography vs 3 T black-blood cardiovascular magnetic resonance for identification of symptomatic carotid plaques

Inclusion criteria
Ischemic stroke (acute DWIa lesion and corresponding acute neurological deficit of >24 h duration) in the territory of the anterior or middle cerebral artery <15 days
before both MDCTAb and black-blood carotid CMRc
Stenosing (i.e. luminal obstruction > 50% according to NASCETd criteria) atherosclerotic plaque in the internal carotid artery of the symptomatic side as determined by duplex sonography
Exclusion criteria
Stroke etiology other than large vessel disease
Bilateral infarcts on cerebral
Known contraindications against CMR or MDCTA
Allergy to contrast material
Impaired renal function (glomerular filtration rate < 30 ml/min)
Previous radiation therapy to head or neck
Surgical procedure within 24 h before bb-CMR
Previous interventional or surgical manipulation of the symptomatic carotid artery (e.g. stenting, endarterectomy)
Insufficient image quality in bb-CMR or MDCTA
  1. a DWI = diffusion-weighted imagingb MDCTA = multi detector computed tomography angiographyc CMR = cardiovascular magnetic resonanced NASCET = North American Symptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy Trial.