A benchmarking tool to evaluate computer tomography perfusion infarct core predictions against a DWI standard JOURNAL OF CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW AND METABOLISM Cereda, C. W., Christensen, S., Campbell, B. C., Mishra, N. K., Mlynash, M., Levi, C., Straka, M., Wintermark, M., Bammer, R., Albers, G. W., Parsons, M. W., Lansberg, M. G. 2016; 36 (10): 1780-1789


Differences in research methodology have hampered the optimization of Computer Tomography Perfusion (CTP) for identification of the ischemic core. We aim to optimize CTP core identification using a novel benchmarking tool. The benchmarking tool consists of an imaging library and a statistical analysis algorithm to evaluate the performance of CTP. The tool was used to optimize and evaluate an in-house developed CTP-software algorithm. Imaging data of 103 acute stroke patients were included in the benchmarking tool. Median time from stroke onset to CT was 185?min (IQR 180-238), and the median time between completion of CT and start of MRI was 36?min (IQR 25-79). Volumetric accuracy of the CTP-ROIs was optimal at an rCBF threshold of <38%; at this threshold, the mean difference was 0.3?ml (SD 19.8?ml), the mean absolute difference was 14.3 (SD 13.7) ml, and CTP was 67% sensitive and 87% specific for identification of DWI positive tissue voxels. The benchmarking tool can play an important role in optimizing CTP software as it provides investigators with a novel method to directly compare the performance of alternative CTP software packages.

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