Table 3: Criteria for determining plaque components from common MRI contrast weightings (adapted from [75, 76]).

Component Contrast weighting
T1T2TOFCET1

Necrotic core with IPH+−/++O
Necrotic core without IPHO/+O
Calcification
Dense fibrousOOO
Loose matrixO+O+

Indicates signal intensity relative to adjacent sternocleidomastoid muscle: +: brighter; O: isointense; −: darker.