25 Mar 21. Featured update: stroke
Imaging Advances: Acute-on-chronic stroke
Link to full update piece on Stroke AHA Journals
David S. Liebeskind, Joanna M. Wardlaw
"In acute stroke, multimodal computed tomography (CT) & magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols, fused with advanced postprocessing techniques for real-time interpretation via mobile phone, continued to flourish.
As each surge of the COVID-19 pandemic buffeted local resources across stroke systems of care, clinicians have been forced to make more from less, including using only noncontrast CT to detect ischemia, arterial occlusion, & hint at underlying perfusion patterns.
Following thrombolysis & thrombectomy, serial imaging has disclosed much more about the extent & quality of reperfusion in the early subacute period.
The earliest implementation of stroke prevention has also now been strengthened by imaging of small vessel disease, atherosclerosis, & other subtle clues about pivotal, often coexistent, vascular pathophysiology.
Despite the traditional approach to stroke imaging, where discrete phases (acute versus chronic) are assumed to dictate relevant imaging findings & solitary subtypes of stroke cause are presumed, acute-on-chronic lesions & mixed pathology are reality.
The most salient experiences of the past year drive next advances in imaging of stroke, as described in this brief update."
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