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Diffusional Kurtosis Imaging and Motor Outcome in Acute Ischemic Stroke

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The authors evaluated 17 patients with stroke who underwent brain diffusional kurtosis imaging within 4 days after the onset of symptoms. Neurologic evaluation included the Fugl-Meyer Upper Extremity Motor scale in the acute phase and 3 months poststroke. The largest percentage signal changes of the lesioned hemisphere corticospinal tract were observed with axial kurtosis, with an average 12% increase compared with the contralateral corticospinal tract. The strongest associations between the 3-month Fugl-Meyer Upper Extremity Motor scale score and diffusion metrics were found for the lesioned/contralateral hemisphere corticospinal tract mean kurtosis and axial kurtosis ratios. They conclude that diffusion metrics related to kurtosis were found to be more sensitive than conventional diffusivity metrics to early poststroke corticospinal tract microstructural changes.

The Use of Noncontrast Quantitative MRI to Detect Gadolinium-Enhancing Multiple Sclerosis Brain Lesions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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The authors evaluated 37 journal articles that included 985 patients with MS who had MR imaging in which T1-weighted postcontrast sequences were compared with noncontrast sequences obtained during the same MR imaging examination by using ROI analysis of individual MS lesions. DTI-based fractional anisotropy values were significantly different between enhancing and nonenhancing lesions, with enhancing lesions showing decreased FA. None of the other most frequently studied MR imaging biomarkers (mean diffusivity, magnetization transfer ratio, or ADC) were significantly different between enhancing and nonenhancing lesions. They conclude that noncontrast MR imaging techniques, such as DTI-based FA, can assess MS lesion acuity without gadolinium.

Resting-State Seed-Based Analysis: An Alternative to Task-Based Language fMRI and Its Laterality Index

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Eighteen healthy right-handed volunteers were prospectively evaluated with resting-state fMRI and task-based fMRI to assess language networks. The laterality indices of Broca and Wernicke areas were calculated by using task-based fMRI via a voxel-value approach. The authors performed seed-based resting-state fMRI connectivity analysis together with parameters such as amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation and fractional amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (fALFF). fALFF can be used as an alternative to task-based fMRI for assessing language laterality. There was a strong positive correlation between the fALFF of the Broca area of resting-state fMRI with the laterality index of task-based fMRI.

Synthetic MRI for Clinical Neuroimaging: Results of the Magnetic Resonance Image Compilation (MAGiC) Prospective, Multicenter, Multireader Trial

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The authors performed a prospective multireader, multicase noninferiority trial of 1526 images read by 7 blinded neuroradiologists with prospectively acquired synthetic and conventional brain MR imaging case-control pairs from 109 subjects with neuroimaging indications. Each case included conventional T1- and T2-weighted, T1 and T2 FLAIR, and STIR and/or proton density and synthetic reconstructions from multiple-dynamic multiple-echo imaging. Images were randomized and independently assessed. Overall synthetic MR imaging quality was similar to that of conventional proton-density, STIR, and T1- and T2-weighted contrast views across neurologic conditions. Artifacts were more common in synthetic T2 FLAIR, but were readily recognizable and did not mimic pathology.

Heterogeneity of Cortical Lesion Susceptibility Mapping in Multiple Sclerosis

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The authors characterized the susceptibility mapping of cortical lesions in patients with MS (n=36) and compared it with neuropathologic observations (n=16). Neuropathologic analysis revealed the presence of an intense band of microglia activation close to the pial membrane in subpial cortical lesions or to the WM border of leukocortical cortical lesions. The quantitative susceptibility mapping analysis revealed 131 cortical lesions classified as hyperintense; 33, as isointense; and 84, as hypointense. They conclude that cortical lesion susceptibility maps are highly heterogeneous, even at individual levels and that the quantitative susceptibility mapping hyperintensity edge found in proximity to the pial surface might be due to the subpial gradient of microglial activation.

Hindbrain Herniation in Chiari II Malformation on Fetal and Postnatal MRI

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The authors examined the neuroimaging findings with a focus on hindbrain herniation and ventricular size in fetuses with open spinal dysraphism and compared them with postnatal imaging features in groups undergoing prenatal-versus-postnatal repair. Thirty-two of 102 (31.3%) fetuses underwent in utero repair of open spinal dysraphism; 68.6% (70/102) underwent postnatal repair. Of those who underwent prenatal repair 81.3% (26/32) had resolved cerebellar ectopia postnatally. Of those who had severe cerebellar ectopia (grade 3) that underwent postnatal repair, 65.5% (36/55) remained grade 3, while 34.5% (19/55) improved to grade 2. They conclude that most fetuses who undergo in utero repair have resolved cerebellar ectopia postnatally.

Risk of Thrombus Fragmentation during Endovascular Stroke Treatment

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The authors evaluated the potential relationship between thrombus histology and clot stability in 85 patients with anterior circulation stroke treated with thrombectomy. The number and location of emboli after retrieving the primary thrombus, the number of maneuvers, and TICI scores were evaluated. H&E and neutrophil elastase staining of retrieved clots was performed. An inverse correlation between maneuvers required for thrombus retrieval and the number of distal and intermediate emboli was observed. Younger patients were at higher risk for periprocedural thrombus fragmentation. Bridging thrombolysis tended to be associated with fewer maneuvers but more emboli. They conclude that younger age, easy-to-retrieve thrombi, and bridging thrombolysis may be risk factors for periprocedural thrombus fragmentation. Higher neutrophil levels in the thrombus tissue were related to an increased risk of periprocedural thrombus fragmentation.

A Multiparametric Model for Mapping Cellularity in Glioblastoma Using Radiographically Localized Biopsies

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Ninety-one localized biopsies were obtained from 36 patients with glioblastoma. Signal intensities corresponding to these samples were derived from T1-postcontrast subtraction, T2-FLAIR, and ADC sequences by using an automated coregistration algorithm. Cell density was calculated for each specimen by using an automated cell-counting algorithm. T2-FLAIR and ADC sequences were inversely correlated with cell density. T1-postcontrast subtraction was directly correlated with cell density. The authors conclude that the model illustrates a quantitative and significant relationship between MR signal and cell density. Applying this relationship over the entire tumor volume allows mapping of the intratumoral heterogeneity for both enhancing core and nonenhancing margins.

Feasibility of Flat Panel Detector CT in Perfusion Assessment of Brain Arteriovenous Malformations: Initial Clinical Experience

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Five patients with brain arteriovenous malformations were studied with flat panel detector CT, DSC-MR imaging, and vessel-encoded pseudocontinuous arterial spin-labeling. Flat panel detector CT, which was originally thought to measure blood volume, correlated more closely with ASL-CBF and DSC-CBF than with DSC-CBV. Flat panel detector CT perfusion depends on the time point chosen for data collection, which is triggered early in patients with AVMs. This finding, in combination with high data variability, makes flat panel detector CT inappropriate for perfusion assessment in brain AVMs.

MR Imaging of Individual Perfusion Reorganization Using Superselective Pseudocontinuous Arterial Spin-Labeling in Patients with Complex Extracranial Steno-Occlusive Disease

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Super selective pseudocontinuous arterial spin-labeling with a circular labeling spot enabling selective vessel labeling was added to routine imaging in a prospective pilot study in 50 patients with extracranial steno-occlusive disease. The detected vessel occlusions/stenoses and perfusion patterns corresponded between cerebral DSA and super selective pseudocontinuous ASL maps in all cases. Perfusion deficits on DSC-CBF maps significantly correlated with those on super selective pseudocontinuous ASL maps. The authors conclude that super selective pseudocontinuous ASL is a robust technique for regional brain perfusion imaging, suitable for the noninvasive diagnostics of individual patient perfusion patterns.