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Updated:2016-01-26 11:07:12Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallResearchers at the University of Oxford are developing a simpler and more accurate MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanning technique to spot the potentially dangerous plaques that cause stroke, according to a press release published Monday by the university.A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Most occur as a consequence of plaque building up in arteries in the neck, which is a condition called atherosclerosis. If a piece of this plaque breaks off, it can lead to a clot forming in the brain and cause a stroke.Plaque in the neck arteries is common, but the ones most likely to rupture have a large amount of cholesterol at their core. Doctors can try and identify them using an MRI scanner, a machine which uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images in the body. But the current method is complicated to administer and provides results which are difficult to interpret, according to the researchers.Dr Luca Biasiolli at the university will investigate if a new type of MRI scan offers a more accurate and easier way of identifying the most dangerous build-ups.”If successful, this new test will provide doctors with a better tool for making decisions about treatments that could save someones life. It would mean they could act early against plaques at risk of causing strokes, but also help people avoid unnecessary operations on ones that were less dangerous,” said Biasiolli.In the UK alone, there are around 240,000 hospital episodes attributed to stroke every year, causing around 40,000 deaths.”Stroke is a major cause of death and disability, so its important we try to find those who are at highest risk,” said Biasiolli.8.03KRelated ArticlesResearchers develop stroke prevention appTool can chart risk of heart disease, strokeChildhood growth hormone linked to stroke riskNew measures on stroke preventionTagsstrokepreventionPhotoVivienne Westwood Spring/Summer collection posters releasedDonatella Versace Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016/17Monkey see, humans doEntertainment weekly photos: Jan 16-22Fashion shots of newly-wedded singers releasedChinas Yao honored with Crystal Award in DavosArtFilmCelebrityFashionFoodTravelArt exhibitions in 2016 worth seeingGreen mysteriesJunk genre: Drawing inspiration from the uselessAmerican artists show is glass actReviving Jiangnan’s lost folk craftsFolk artist makes paper-cut monkeys to celebrate new yearCity Book art now at Hong Kong hotelDough figurines of Monkey King welcome the New YearDrifting Civilization art exhibition held in BeijingShe gives Chinese lacquer art a French touchFolk artist makes handicrafts themed Monkey King to greet lunar yearStunning Dunhuang frescoes, source of inspiration for artistsNew Academy Awards posters and promos releasedThe Revenant and The Martian big Golden Globe winnersChris Rock continues to serve hosting duties for OscarsUKs interest in China boosted by BBC TV seriesKung Fu Panda 3 sets box office record in nationwide previewHit TV drama My Fair Princess to be made into animationGala mascot makes monkeys uncle of designersChinese studios first 3-D animation out shortlySammo Hung, Andy Lau reunite in action flickBBC airs new documentary series on Chinese historyNo new hope for Star Wars box office rivalsHit online dramas withdrawn, shocking fans and industryChinas Yao honored with Crystal Award in DavosGao Yuanyuan, Alyssa Chia pose for charityChinese actress Liu Shishi graces fashion magazineFashion shots of newly-wedded singers releasedChen Kun poses at Milan Fashion WeekGwei Lun Mei attends Gala Dinner in SwitzerlandLeonardo DiCaprio wants to star as Vladimir PutinSun Li poses with dogs for fashion magazineGlenn Frey, founding member of the Eagles, dead at 67Casts of The Mermaid pose for ElleKris Wu to join 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity GameGong Li presents at film distribution launch ceremonyDonatella Versace Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016/17Show by makeup artist, designerVivienne Westwood Spring/Summer collection posters releasedRedoing Western classics with local flavorsFrenchman calls China his playgroundAsian designers recognized for sustainability ethicsFashion meets art at Milan men fashion weekChen Kun poses at Milan Fashion WeekMilan Fashion Week: Gucci Mens Fall/Winter 2016/17 collectionTop fashion houses bungle Chinese Zodiac-inspired releasesMilan Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood mens collectionChinese actors at the Milan Fashion WeekIn pics: 1985 edition of A Bite of ChinaTastes of the seaBreed-your-own insect revolution for the kitchenMushrooms bring health reputation from SiberiaFinnish fantasyHottest cuisine contest KO coldest windy weatherChinese liquor baijiu takes a shot at the US cocktail sceneVillagers in SW China make sweet potato vermicelli for lunar New YearBeijing hotel introduces tastes of South AsiaYanqi Lake entices chef wannabes for a day in the kitchenA peacock on the BundVillagers make traditional food for coming Spring Festival in E ChinaExtreme cold brings unique wintry scene to Mount HuangshanBright Temple of Heaven shines in winterGlimpses of Lhasas holiday seasonTop 10 destinations for female travelersTop 10 seldom-seen views around the worldQuanzhou charmsYunnan, a travel heavenCity of SpringsMorning sun showers snow-covered Great WallMixing old with new in central Vietnam2013 Top 10 Tourism DestinationsEditors PicksSpecial report: Rise and rise of Chinas outbound tourismTop 10 posters of domestic films in 2015Four Chinese stars on 100 most beautiful facesYearender: Big events in showbizHot wordsJia ZhangkeHan HanGossipTiny TimesOscars red carpet ReganmianNanluoguxiangTeaShirley TempleLeonardo DiCaprioVideoLiyuan style: A symbol of elegance and graceChris back up on Where Are We Going, Dad?Easy Talk Special: A world of magicColumnsRaymond Zhou:X-RayPauline D Loh:
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