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August 17th, 2010

Gold in scan finds dangerous artery clogs

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Using an experimental scanner and nanoparticles of gold, U.S. researchers said they have found a way to identify the most dangerous types of blocked arteries.

The gold nanoparticles home in on blockages loaded with immune cells, which other studies have shown are the most likely to break off and cause a heart attack, said the researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York said.

The scanner made by Philips, using a method called multicolor computed tomography, or CT, showed the gold particles heading to the dangerous artery-clogging plaque, the team reported in the September issue of the journal Radiology.

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