Prognosis of ischemia recurrence in patients with moderate intracranial atherosclerotic disease using quantitative MRA measurements

Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2022 Feb-Mar;12036:120360V. doi: 10.1117/12.2611462. Epub 2022 Apr 4.


PURPOSE: To investigate the relation between delayed ischemic stroke and the intracranial atherosclerotic disease (ICAD) hemodynamics as determined by Non-invasive Optimal Vessel Analysis (NOVA) MRI measurements.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-three patients with ICAD were enrolled in this study. All patients underwent clinically indicated angioplasty followed by 2-dimensional phase contrast MR (2D PCMR) performed on a 3.0 Tesla MRI scanner using either a 16-channel neurovascular coil or 32-channel head coil. The volumetric flow rate measurements were calculated from 2D PCMR with Non-invasive Optimal Vessel Analysis (NOVA) software (VasSol, Chicago, IL, USA). Flow rate measurements were obtained in 20 major arteries distal, proximal and within the Circle of Willis. Patients were followed up for six month, and ischemia reoccurrence and location were recorded. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed using flow rates measurements in the ipsilateral side of the ischemic event occurrence.

RESULTS: Complete set of measurements was achieved in n=34. Left and right hemisphere ischemia recurrence was observed in seven and three cases respectively. Best predictor of ischemic event reoccurrence was flow rate in the middle cerebral artery with area under the ROC of 0.821±0.109.

CONCLUSIONS: This is an effectiveness study to determine whether blood flow measurements in the intracranial vasculature may be predictive of future ischemic events. Our results demonstrated significant correlation between the blood flow measurements using 2D PCMR processed with the NOVA software and the reoccurrence of ischemia. These results support further investigation for using this method for risk stratification of ICAD patients.

PMID:35992046 | PMC:PMC9390076 | DOI:10.1117/12.2611462


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