2018 Volume 95 Issue 2 Pages 23-27
In this study, the results of our previously reported technique of quantitative analysis by using microscopic image analysis of tissue image slices to calculate the proportion of the area of the tunica media occupied by of elastic fibers was compared with Janzen et al.'s technique at the carotid bifurcation. This particularly analyzed the area of transition between the common carotid and the internal carotid, to observe the quantitative changes in elastic fiber content. The data obtained from our quantitative analysis of elastic fibers were clearly at variance with those obtained by counting the number of elastic fibers. The amount of elastic fibers in the tunica media (the elastic fiber ratio) decreased from the proximal carotid artery (the common carotid) to the bifurcation, then peaked in the internal carotid immediately after the bifurcation before declining again.