Early stroke detection and extent: impact of experience and the role of computed tomography angiography source images Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • AIM: To test the performance of computed tomography angiography "source images" (CTA-SI) versus unenhanced CT (NCCT) for stroke detection and extent using the Alberta Stroke Programme Early CT Score (ASPECTS), and examine the effect of experience and clinical history. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Studies of 23 consecutive patients presenting within 4.5h were analysed by three reviewers of varying experience. Each reviewer, blinded to clinical information reviewed a random order of NCCT and CTA-SI and documented side of infarct and the ASPECTS. The readings were repeated for CTA-SI with and without clinical information. Performance measures and observer agreement were calculated. Applying an ASPECTS threshold of

authors

  • Aviv, RI
  • Shelef, I
  • Malam, S
  • Chakraborty, S
  • Sahlas, Demetrios
  • Tomlinson, G
  • Symons, S
  • Fox, AJ

publication date

  • May 2007