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Dual device reveals blocked arteries with fine-scale molecular and anatomical detail

A new probe that can image both the structural anatomy of artery walls as well as the biological activities within them could one day help detect blood clots before they cause problems. “Now we’re going to be able to more precisely predict which plaques are going to cause symptoms and heart attacks and sudden cardiac death,” says Farouc Jaffer, director of the Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Molecular Imaging Research in Boston. Stent-related clotting, which often leads to full-blown heart attacks, occurs in at least 2% of people who have the tubes implanted into 


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