Automated analysis of CT perfusion data has become an integral part of stroke triage. Many vendors calculate cerebral blood flow (rCBF) and time to maximum perfusion (Tmax) in attempts to estimate core infarct, reported as rCBF<30%, versus tissue at risk, reported as Tmax>6 seconds. We compare the algorithms of two widely available software platforms, iSchemaView Rapid and Viz.AI.
All patients on whom CT perfusion imaging for the suspicion of acute ischemic stroke was performed and also had subsequent underwent MRI imaging within 24 hours of CTP were included. As, sme patients underwent mechanical thrombectomy, rCBF<30% volumes were calculated to restrict analysis to core infarct. Both iSchemaView Rapid and Viz.AI software platforms were concurrently used. Final infarct volume was estimated off the B1000 sequence, in which areas of high signal were manually segmented using Slicer 3D.
26 patients were identified. 14 underwent mechanical thrombectomy (53.8%), of which 13 were recanalized to TICI 2C or better (92.9%). rCBF<30% volumes calculated by both RAPID and Viz were to the segmented final infarct volume on MRI. The average differences was 30.73 (+/- 38.7) cc for RAPID and 23.05 (+/- 39.7) cc for Viz, which was not significantly different (p=0.515).
There was not a statistically significant difference in calculated rCBF<30% volumes between Viz or Rapid, compared to the manually segmented volumes from the 24 hour diffusion MRI.