MRI scan that can predict stroke risk has ‘promise to save lives’

Scientists at Oxford University develop non-invasive technique to measure amount of cholesterol in carotid plaques

A new type of MRI scan can predict the risk of having a stroke, researchers have said in a study.

The non-invasive technique, developed by scientists at the University of Oxford, predicts whether plaques in the carotid arteries are rich in cholesterol and therefore more likely to cause a stroke.

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