Carotid properties, such as atherosclerosis and dilation, are associated with MRI markers of cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD). The use of imaging markers may present a rational approach to risk stratification of CSVD.
Why this matters
The carotid artery has properties that can indicate cerebral arterial health and can be easily measured by ultrasound in a non-invasive manner. Carotid atherosclerosis and compliance are associated with white matter hyperintensities (WMH) and silent brain infarcts. Validation of imaging markers of CSVD may assist in better risk stratification in CSVD.