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Doctor of Philosophy


Medical Biophysics


Lee, Ting Y


CT Perfusion (CTP) is a minimally invasive imaging technique that aids acute ischemic stroke (AIS) triage and prognostication by determining tissue viability based on hemodynamic parameters. The goals of this research are to determine: 1) CTP thresholds for estimation of infarct and penumbra volume, 2) how CTP scan duration impacts infarct and penumbra volume estimates, and 3) reliability of CTP for predicting functional outcomes following intra-arterial therapy (IAT).

Chapter 2 introduced an experimental study for determining ischemia-time dependent thresholds for brain infarction using multimodal imaging in a porcine stroke model that is easier to implement than previous large animal stroke models. CTP determined an absolute cerebral blood flow (CBF) threshold of 12.6±2.8mL∙min-1∙100g-1 for brain infarction after 3h of ischemia, which was close to that derived using hydrogen clearance in a previous study by Jones et al (Journal of Neurosurgery, 1981;54(6):773-782).

Chapter 3 retrospectively investigated the impact of CTP scan duration on cerebral blood volume (CBV), CBF, and time-to-maximum (Tmax) and found optimal scan durations that minimized radiation dose while not under- or over-estimating infarct volumes measured using two previously derived CBF thresholds for infarction. We found that CBV and Tmax decreased at shorter scan durations, whereas CBF was independent of scan duration, consequently, infarct volume estimated by both CBF thresholds was independent of scan duration.

Chapter 4 compared reperfusion seen on follow-up CTP to reperfusion predicted by post-IAT digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and the ability of the two modalities to predict good 90-day functional outcome in a retrospective study. We found that patients with ‘complete reperfusion’ grades on DSA often had ischemic tissue on follow-up CTP and that follow-up CTP had superior specificity and accuracy for predicting functional outcome compared to DSA.

In summary, this research has shown that CBF thresholds can reliably detect infarct in AIS and are independent of scan duration, allowing radiation dose to be minimized by limiting scans to 40s without compromising accuracy of infarct volume estimates. Finally, CTP is a more specific and accurate predictor of functional outcome than the commonly used post-procedural DSA, this could help select patients for neuroprotective therapy.

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