Advances in Computed Tomography

Volume 2, Issue 1 (March 2013)

ISSN Print: 2169-2475   ISSN Online: 2169-2483


Can CT Perfusion Guide Patient Selection for Treatment of Delayed Cerebral Ischemia?

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DOI: 10.4236/act.2013.21002    4,160 Downloads   8,212 Views   Citations


Purpose: To evaluate qualitative and quantitative CT perfusion (CTP) for different treatment options of delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) in aneurysmal SAH. Methods: Retrospective study of consecutive SAH patients enrolled in a prospective IRB-approved clinical trial. Qualitative analysis of CTP deficits were determined by two blinded neuroradiologists. Quantitative CTP was performed using standardized protocol with region-of-interest placement sampling the cortex. DCI was assessed by clinical and imaging criteria. Patients were classified into treatment groups: 1) hypertension-hemodilution-hypervolemia (HHH); 2) intra-arterial (IA) vasodilators and/or angioplasty; 3) no treatment. Mean quantitative CTP values were compared using ANOVA pairwise comparisons. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves, standard error (SE) and optimal threshold values were calculated. Results: Ninety-six patients were classified into three treatment groups; 21% (19/96) HHH, 34% (33/96) IA-therapy and 46% (44/96) no treatment. DCI was diagnosed in 42% (40/96); of which 18% (7/40) received HHH, 80% (32/40) IA-therapy, and 2% (1/40) no treatment. CTP deficits were seen in 50% (48/96); occurring in 63% (12/19) HHH, 94% (31/33) IA-therapy, and 11% (5/44) no treatment. Presence of CTP deficits had 83% sensitivity, 89% specificity, 90% positive predictive and 81% negative predictive values for treatment. Mean quantitative CTP values revealed significant differences in CBF (p < 0.0001) and MTT (p = 0.0001) amongst the treatment groups. ROC analysis revealed CBF with the highest accuracy of 0.82 (SE 0.04) for comparing treatment groups. Threshold analysis calculated CBF of 30 mL/100 gm/min (89% specificity, 71% sensitivity) for determining treatment. Conclusion: These initial findings of significant differences in CTP deficits for different treatment groups suggest that CTP may have a potential role in guiding patient selection for treatment of DCI.

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Sanelli, P., Gold, R., Anumula, N., Ferrone, A., Johnson, C., Comunale, J., Tsiouris, A., Riina, H., Mangat, H., Rosengart, A. and Segal, A. (2013) Can CT Perfusion Guide Patient Selection for Treatment of Delayed Cerebral Ischemia?. Advances in Computed Tomography, 2, 4-12. doi: 10.4236/act.2013.21002.

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