Clinical usefulness of the visibility of the transcerebral veins at 3T on T2*-weighted sequence in acute stroke patients.

Abstract : OBJECTIVES: The objective of this work was to investigate the clinical usefulness of the visibility of the transcerebral veins (VTV) in acute ischemic stroke patients at 3T. METHODS: Sixty consecutive carotid artery territory stroke patients were included retrospectively. Two readers categorized the VTV on T2*-weighted sequence at 3T for each hemisphere, and asymmetry of this sign was assessed between each hemisphere by an asymmetry index (AI) using a three-item scale. The VTV and AI were correlated with clinical and radiological covariates. Particular interest was focused on patients for whom initial diffusion-weighted imaging alone was inconclusive. RESULTS: VTV were detected in the stroke hemisphere in 58.3% (n = 35) and in the contralateral side in 10% (n = 6, p<0.0001). Asymmetry of the VTV between ischemic and contralateral hemispheres was present in 53.3% (n = 32). Intracranial artery occlusion, final infarct volume and symptomatic hemorrhagic transformation were correlated with a higher AI at baseline (ρ = 0.563, ρ = 0.291, and ρ = 0.285, p<0.05, respectively). Three hyperacute stroke patients with subtle DWI high signal intensity at admission demonstrated VTV. CONCLUSIONS: The pathological value of the VTV seems to reside in its asymmetry between hemispheres, as it was correlated with important clinical parameters. This study also suggests that the VTV could be a supportive finding in stroke diagnosis, especially when DWI is unreliable.
keyword : Stroke MRI T2* imaging
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European Journal of Radiology, Elsevier, 2012, 81 (6), pp.1282-7. 〈10.1016/j.ejrad.2011.03.025〉
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Charlotte Rosso, Martin Belleville, Christine Pires, Didier Dormont, Sophie Crozier, et al.. Clinical usefulness of the visibility of the transcerebral veins at 3T on T2*-weighted sequence in acute stroke patients.. European Journal of Radiology, Elsevier, 2012, 81 (6), pp.1282-7. 〈10.1016/j.ejrad.2011.03.025〉. 〈hal-00795731〉

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