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Significance of simulated conventional images on dual energy CT after endovascular treatment for ischemic stroke


Background and purpose CT scans often reveal post-interventional cerebral hyperdensities (PCHDs) immediately after intra-arterial thrombectomy (IAT) for ischemic stroke. Dual energy CT (DE-CT) can indicate whether PCHDs are caused by hemorrhage or iodinated contrast. Hyperdense lesions, detected on DE-CT with the use of iodinated contrast, could be associated with delayed hemorrhagic transformation and poor outcome. However, the quantitative indicators in DE-CT for predicting delayed hemorrhagic transformation remain unclear. We assessed such indicators for predicting delayed hemorrhagic transformation.

Material and methods We retrospectively analyzed 52 consecutive acute ischemic stroke patients who underwent IAT. Simulated conventional CT (sCCT) images were obtained immediately after a DE-CT scan. Virtual, unenhanced, non-contrast (VNC) imaging was performed after reconstruction. Hounsfield units (HU) of the infarct areas observed on the sCCT were measured. The association of HU on sCCT with hemorrhage on VNC and delayed parenchymal hemorrhage (PH) was evaluated.

Results The HU of sCCT with hemorrhage on VNC was significantly higher than without it (377.9±385 HU vs 83.5±37.9 HU; P<0.0001). The cut-off index was 80 HU, which displayed 100% sensitivity, 63.8% specificity, 22.3% positive predictive value, and 100% negative predictive value (P=0.0001, area under the curve (AUC)=0.89). The HU with delayed PH was substantially higher than without it (250.8±382.2 HU vs 93.7±64.8 HU; P=0.01). The cut-off index was 78 HU, which showed 100% sensitivity, 61% specificity, 25% positive predictive value, and 100% negative predictive value (P=0.049, AUC=0.76).

Conclusion sCCT images on DE-CT are useful for excluding intracerebral hemorrhage and delayed PH.

  • thrombectomy
  • CT

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