Multiphase arterial spin labeling imaging to predict early recurrent ischemic lesion in acute ischemic stroke

Ki Woong Nam, Chi Kyung Kim, Byung Woo Yoon, Inpyeong Hwang, Chul Ho Sohn

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In acute ischemic stroke (AIS), the hemodynamics around the lesion are important because they determine the recurrence or prognosis of the disease. This study evaluated the effects of perfusion deficits in multiphase arterial spin labeling (ASL) and related radiological parameters on the occurrence of early recurrent ischemic lesions (ERILs) in AIS. We assessed AIS patients who underwent multiphase ASL within 24 h of symptom onset and follow-up diffusion-weighted imaging within 7 days. ASL perfusion deficit, arterial transit artifact (ATA), and intra-arterial high-intensity signal (IAS) were manually rated as ASL parameters. A total of 134 patients were evaluated. In the multivariable analyses, ASL perfusion deficit [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) = 2.82, 95% confidence interval = 1.27–6.27] was positively associated with ERIL. Furthermore, when ATA was accompanied, the ASL perfusion deficit was not associated with ERIL occurrence. Meanwhile, IAS showed a synergistic effect with ASL perfusion deficit on the occurrence of ERIL. In conclusion, we demonstrated the association between perfusion deficits in multiphase ASL with ERIL in patients with AIS. This close association was attenuated by ATA and was enhanced by IAS. ASL parameters may help identify high-risk patients of ERIL occurrence during the acute period.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1456
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


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