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Impact of slice thickness on clinical utility of automated Alberta Stroke Program Early Computed Tomography Scores.
Neuberger, U; Nagel, S; Pfaff, J; Ringleb, PA; Herweh, C; Bendszus, M; Mohlenbruch, MA; Kickingereder, P
Eur Radiol. 2020; 30(6):3137-3145
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Pfaff Johannes


Objectives The clinical utility of electronically derived ASPECTS (e-ASPECTS) to quantify signs of acute ischemic infarction could be demonstrated in multiple studies. Here, we aim to clinically validate the impact of CT slice thickness (ST) on the performance of e-ASPECTS software. Methods A consecutive series of n = 258 patients (06/2016 and 01/2019) with middle cerebral artery occlusion and subsequent treatment with mechanical thrombectomy was analyzed. The e-ASPECTS score and acute infarct volumes were calculated from baseline non-contrast CT with a software using 1-mm slice thickness (ST) (defined as ground truth) and axial reconstructions with 2-10-mm ST and correlated with baseline stroke severity (NIHSS) as well as clinical outcome (mRS) using logistic regressions. Results In comparison with the ground truth, significant differences were seen in e-ASPECTS scores with ST > 6 mm (p <= 0.031) and infarct volumes with ST > 4 mm (p <= 0.001). There was a significant correlation of lower e-ASPECTS and higher acute infarct volumes with increasing baseline NIHSS values for all ST (p <= 0.001, respectively), with values derived from 1 mm yielding the highest correlation for both parameters (rho, - 0.38 and 0.31, respectively). Similarly, lower e-ASPECTS and higher acute infarct volumes from all ST were significantly associated with poor outcome after 90 days (p <= 0.05, respectively) with values derived from 1-mm ST yielding the highest effects for both parameters (OR, 0.69 [95% CI 0.50-0.88] and 1.27 [95% CI 1.10-1.50], respectively). Conclusions The e-ASPECTS software generates robust values for e-ASPECTS and acute infarct volumes when using ST <= 4 mm with ST = 1 mm yielding the best performance for predicting baseline stroke severity and clinical outcome after 90 days.

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Aged, 80 and over




Image Processing, Computer-Assisted

Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/diagnostic imaging*

Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery/therapy


Mechanical Thrombolysis

Middle Aged


Stroke/diagnostic imaging*

Tomography, X-Ray Computed/methods*

Treatment Outcome

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