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Bruce Cv Campbell, Mark W Parsons
This review summarizes the current state of knowledge regarding the use of imaging to guide stroke treatment. Brain imaging plays a central role in the diagnosis of stroke and identification of the mechanism of stroke, which is relevant to acute treatment, prognosis, and secondary prevention. The chief potential modalities are computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Currently, most imaging occurs in hospital but mobile stroke units have expanded CT brain imaging into the prehospital field...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Furkan Diren, Serra Sencer, Tayfun Hakan
Objective: Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is the most common form of intracranial vascular malformations in adults. Intracranial pediatric AVMs are rare. AVM located in the vicinity of the brain stem in children are even more rare. Case report: This study reports a rare case of acute obstructive hydrocephalus following aqueductal stenosis caused by an unruptured grade IV perimesencephalic arteriovenous malformation. An 11-year-old boy admitted to the hospital with progressive headache, nausea and vomiting throughout a month...
2018: Open Neuroimaging Journal
Mohammad Vafaee Shahi, Samileh Noorbakhsh, Vida Zarrabi, Banafsheh Nourozi, Leila Tahernia
Background: Any mismatch between the production and absorption of CSF results in hydrocephalus. In most cases, the selected choice of treatment is the ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion. Although, the surgery could have complications such as infection, shunt malfunction, subdural hematoma, seizure and Shunt immigration; so, the early and proper detection of these complications could result in better prognosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the efficacy of CT scan, CSF analysis and X-ray radiography in detection of shunt complications and problems in shunt placement and further follow-up in hospitalized children...
2018: Open Neuroimaging Journal
Kerem Ozturk, Esra Soylu, Cem Bilgin, Bahattin Hakyemez, Mufit Parlak
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to describe the pathological findings and to analyze clinical predictors of abnormal imaging findings in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with syncope. METHODS: The database was retrospectively reviewed for all patients who underwent cranial computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), having the symptom of syncope. Patients were included only if they were from the emergency department and excluded if were under 18 years of age, had known recent intracranial pathology, known brain tumor, or having a history of trauma...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jennifer Keys, Louise Venter, Garry Nixon
AIM This study retrospectively reviewed the management of head injury at Lakes District Hospital in Queenstown, New Zealand. The aim is to describe the management of minor head injury with particular reference to the current Traumatic Brain Injury guidelines of the New Zealand Guidelines Group. METHODS We identified all patients with head injury as a primary diagnosis who were seen in the Emergency Department at Lakes District Hospital during 2013-2015. We recorded clinical criteria indicating need for computed tomography (CT) scanning according to current guidelines for management of minor head injury...
June 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Ronald W Gimbel, Ronald G Pirrallo, Steven C Lowe, David W Wright, Lu Zhang, Min-Jae Woo, Paul Fontelo, Fang Liu, Zachary Connor
BACKGROUND: The frequency of head computed tomography (CT) imaging for mild head trauma patients has raised safety and cost concerns. Validated clinical decision rules exist in the published literature and on-line sources to guide medical image ordering but are often not used by emergency department (ED) clinicians. Using simulation, we explored whether the presentation of a clinical decision rule (i.e. Canadian CT Head Rule - CCHR), findings from malpractice cases related to clinicians not ordering CT imaging in mild head trauma cases, and estimated patient out-of-pocket cost might influence clinician brain CT ordering...
March 12, 2018: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Guangming Wang, Jinlu Yu
INTRODUCTION: Chronic subdural hematoma(CSDH) can be treated by a relatively simple burr hole surgery. Acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) occurring after surgery for CSDH has been reported as a rare but severe complication. CASE REPORT: An 88-year-old female complained of progressive headache and dizziness for one month. A right fronto-temporo-parietal CSDH with a shift in the midline structures and lateral ventricle compression was shown by computed tomography (CT) scans...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
K K Devulapalli, J F Talbott, J Narvid, A Gean, B Rehani, G Manley, A Uzelac, E Yuh, M C Huang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In blunt traumatic brain injury with isolated falcotentorial subdural hematoma not amenable to neurosurgical intervention, the routinely performed, nonvalidated practice of serial head CT scans frequently necessitates increased hospital resources and exposure to ionizing radiation. The study goal was to evaluate clinical and imaging features of isolated falcotentorial subdural hematoma at presentation and short-term follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of patients presenting to a level 1 trauma center from January 2013 to March 2015 undergoing initial and short-term follow-up CT with initial findings positive for isolated subdural hematoma along the falx and/or tentorium...
March 1, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Kazuhiro Murayama, Shigetaka Suzuki, Ryo Matsukiyo, Akinori Takenaka, Motoharu Hayakawa, Takashi Tsutsumi, Kenji Fujii, Kazuhiro Katada, Hiroshi Toyama
Noncontrast computed tomography (NCCT) has been used for the detection of early ischemic change (EIC); however, correct interpretation of NCCT findings requires much clinical experience. This study aimed to assess the accuracy of time maximum intensity projection computed tomography technique (tMIP), which reflects the maximum value for the time phase direction from the dynamic volume data for each projected plane, for detection of EIC, against that of NCCT.Retrospective review of NCCT, cerebral blood volume in CT perfusion (CTP-CBV), and tMIP of 186 lesions from 280 regions evaluated by Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) in 14 patients with acute middle cerebral artery stroke who had undergone whole-brain CTP using 320-row area detector CT was performed...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ke-Hao Huang, Ming-Cheng Tai, Lung-Chi Lee, Tzu-Heng Weng, Yi-Hao Chen, Li-Fan Lin, Jiann-Torng Chen, Da-Wen Lu, Ching-Long Chen
RATIONALE: Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) syndrome is a rare disease and could be associated with autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD). This report was aimed to investigate the utility of F-fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (F-FDG PET/CT) for the diagnosis of VKH syndrome with AITD and to perform a literature review on the association between the 2 diseases. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 55-year-old woman without the history of ocular trauma suffered from chronic headache...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Clarice Sprinz, Stephan Altmayer, Matheus Zanon, Guilherme Watte, Klaus Irion, Edson Marchiori, Bruno Hochhegger
PURPOSE: To perform a systematic review of the effect of blood glucose levels on 2-Deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose (18F-FDG) uptake in normal organs. METHODS: We searched the MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane databases through 22 April 2017 to identify all relevant studies using the keywords "PET/CT" (positron emission tomography/computed tomography), "standardized uptake value" (SUV), "glycemia," and "normal." Analysis followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses recommendations...
2018: PloS One
Dijana Zadravec, Tomislav Gregurić, Mia Smoljan, Matej Mustapić, Gordana Miličić, Andrijana Jović, Danijela Rubil, Daniela Tomasović, Vanja Bašić Kes
The aim of the study was to examine the prevalence of head injuries, acute stroke and brain tumors obtained from computed tomography (CT) scans in the emergency department (ED) during a one-year period. We also assessed the potential effect of seasons on the occurrence of stroke, head trauma and tumors found on CT scans, expressed in monthly intervals. This retrospective review included all patients that underwent emergency head CT from the hospital database. A total of 3888 head CT examinations were performed in adult patients presenting to ED and 1424 CT scans had at least one pathologic finding meeting diagnostic criteria for the study...
June 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Dan Zhao, Shanwei Tao, Dewei Zhang, Mengyang Qin, Yijun Bao, Anhua Wu
PURPOSE: Traumatic meningoencephalocele primarily occurs as a rare but complex complication of cranial base and orbital roof fractures. Traumatic intraorbital meningoencephalocele, which is rare and easily overlooked, can be life-threatening since cephalomeningitis occurs due to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage. It is obscure for the operative indications or standard surgical methods of traumatic meningoencephaloceles since the combined intricate craniofacial and basal fractures, brain injury, and CSF leak may exist...
February 27, 2018: Brain Injury: [BI]
Taihei Inoue, Takeshi Nakaura, Morikatsu Yoshida, Koichi Yokoyama, Hiroyuki Uetani, Seitaro Oda, Daisuke Utsunomiya, Mika Kitajima, Kazunori Harada, Yasuyuki Yamashita
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine whether iterative model reconstruction (IMR) optimized for brain CT could improve the detection of acute stroke in the setting of thin image slices and narrow window settings. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 27 patients who presented acute middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke. Images were reconstructed using filtered back projection (FBP; 1- and 5-mm slice thickness) and IMR (1 mm thickness), and contrast-to-noise ratios (CNRs) of infarcted and non-infarcted areas were compared...
February 23, 2018: Neuroradiology
Sung Ho Jang, Young Hyeon Kwon
Whiplash is a bony or soft tissue injury resulting from an acceleration-deceleration energy transfer in the neck. Although patients with whiplash injury often complain of cerebral symptoms, and previous studies have reported evidence indicating brain injury, such an association has not been clearly elucidated. Traumatic axonal injury (TAI) is tearing of axons due to indirect shearing forces during acceleration, deceleration, and rotation of the brain or to direct head trauma. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has a unique advantage to detect TAI in patients whose conventional brain CT or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results were negative following head trauma...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Chang Liu, Feina Shi, Zhicai Chen, Shenqiang Yan, Xinfa Ding, Min Lou
Background: Previous studies demonstrated that cardioembolism (CE) was prone to develop hemorrhagic transformation (HT), whereas hyper-permeability of blood-brain barrier (BBB) might be one reason for the development of HT. We, thus, aimed to investigate whether the BBB permeability (BBBP) was higher in CE stroke than other stroke subtypes in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients. Methods: This study was a retrospective review of prospectively collected clinical and imaging database of AIS patients who underwent CT perfusion...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
S Soman, Z Liu, G Kim, U Nemec, S J Holdsworth, K Main, B Lee, S Kolakowsky-Hayner, M Selim, A J Furst, P Massaband, J Yesavage, M M Adamson, P Spincemallie, M Moseley, Y Wang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Identifying cerebral microhemorrhage burden can aid in the diagnosis and management of traumatic brain injury, stroke, hypertension, and cerebral amyloid angiopathy. MR imaging susceptibility-based methods are more sensitive than CT for detecting cerebral microhemorrhage, but methods other than quantitative susceptibility mapping provide results that vary with field strength and TE, require additional phase maps to distinguish blood from calcification, and depict cerebral microhemorrhages as bloom artifacts...
February 22, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Ronan Motyer, John Thornton, Sarah Power, Paul Brennan, Alan O'Hare, Seamus Looby, David J Williams, Barry Moynihan, Sean Murphy
BACKGROUND: Selected patients with proximal anterior circulation ischemic stroke who demonstrate limited infarct and sufficient penumbra may benefit from endovascular thrombectomy (EVT) beyond conventional time limits. OBJECTIVE: To perform a retrospective review of all cases of EVT performed at our institution for proximal anterior circulation acute ischemic stroke with onset >12 hours. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients were assessed with non-contrast CT brain and multiphase CT angiography, with Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) and collateral grade informing patient selection...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Mohamed Badri, Ghassen Gader, Kamel Bahri, Ihsen Zammel
BACKGROUND: Renal cell carcinomas represent 85% of malignant renal tumors. Typically, the tumor remains asymptomatic a long time before the appearance of urologic clinical signs. In some cases, metastasis can precede the manifestations of the primary tumor. Different sites are potential metastatic localizations for renal tumors, including skull metastases who represent a very rare location. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report the case of a 65-year-old man presented after the appearance of a skull mass...
February 10, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Sun Kyung Jeon, Young Hun Choi, Jung-Eun Cheon, Woo Sun Kim, Yeon Jin Cho, Ji Young Ha, Seung Hyun Lee, Hyejin Hyun, In-One Kim
BACKGROUND: The 320-row multidetector computed tomography (CT) scanner has multiple scan modes, including volumetric modes. OBJECTIVE: To compare the image quality and radiation dose of 320-row CT in three acquisition modes - helical, one-shot volume, and wide-volume scan - at pediatric brain imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-seven children underwent unenhanced brain CT using one of three scan modes (helical scan, n=21; one-shot volume scan, n=17; wide-volume scan, n=19)...
February 15, 2018: Pediatric Radiology
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