Background and Purpose
—We have developed a dynamic CT method to measure absolute cerebral blood flow (CBF), cerebral blood volume (CBV), and mean transit time (MTT). In this study we evaluated the ability of CT-derived functional maps to detect infarction in a rabbit model of focal cerebral ischemia.
—Sequential dynamic CT studies were performed at 2 different slices in 5 control rabbits and another 8 after induction of focal cerebral ischemia. The size of critically ischemic tissue was correlated to size of infarction measured by postmortem 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining. In the control rabbits, short-term variability of the parameters was assessed by ANOVA analysis.
—In 7 of 8 animals of the ischemia group, cerebral infarction was visible on 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining, constituting 16.7±10.6% of the ipsilateral hemisphere. Good agreement of CBF functional maps with tissue specimens was found with respect to size and location of infarction. Best prediction of infarction was found for thresholds of CBF <10 mL/100 g per minute (mean size, 17.5±13.4%;
=0.95) and MTT >6 seconds (mean size, 15.6±13.5%;
=0.85), with regression slopes close to unity. CBV maps were less predictive of occurrence of infarction, especially in cases of small infarction. The short-term variability of CBF, CBV, and MTT in the control group was 10.9%, 15.2%, and 19.9%, respectively.
—Functional CT measurements of absolute CBF and MTT early after onset of ischemia allow prediction of the size and location of cerebral infarction with good accuracy.