Atherosclerotic plaque rupture has been extensively considered as the leading cause of death in the world. It is believed that high stress within plaque can be an important factor which can trigger the rupture of the plaque. High resolution multi-spectral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has allowed the plaque components (arterial wall, lipids, and fibrous cap) to be visualized in vivo [1]. The patient specific finite element model can be generated from the image data to perform stress analysis and provide critical information on understanding plaque rupture mechanisms [2]. The present work is to apply the procedure to a total of 14 patients (S1 ∼ S14), to study the stress distributions on carotid artery plaque reconstructed from multi-spectral magnetic resonance images, and the possible relationships between stress and plaque burdens.

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