AbstractsMedical & Health Science

Cerebral CT - and MRI perfusion: Techniques and clinical application in iNPH

by Doerthe Constantinescu Ziegelitz

Institution: University of Gothenburg / Göteborgs Universitet
Year: 2015
Keywords: Cerebral perfusion; idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus; computed tomography perfusion; dynamic suceptibility contrast MRI
Record ID: 1358316
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/38372


Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) is a disorder of the elderly, defined by slowly progressive impairment of gait and balance, cognitive decline, and incontinence. Disturbance of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) dynamics results in ventriculomegaly without intracranial pressure increase. Treatment by CSF diversion is successful in about 80% of the cases. Better preoperative identification of non-responders is required. The pathophysiology of iNPH is obscure, but linked to cortical and especially subcortical cerebral blood flow (CBF) reductions. The association between perfusion and the severity of the clinical features is not clearly established and a predictive perfusion pattern has not been identified. CT-perfusion (CTP) and Dynamic susceptibility contrast MRI perfusion (DSC MRI) offer advantages compared to traditional perfusion techniques, but are so far not of significant use in iNPH. The aim of this thesis was to compare CTP and DSC MRI in iNPH and to study their potential role as investigational techniques by exploring the pre-and postoperative CBF changes, how these correlate to the severity of the symptoms and, subsequently, the prognostic value of CBF. Fifty-one patients with suspected iNPH and 24 age-matched healthy individuals (HI) were recruited. At baseline all subjects had CTP and DSC MRI on 2 consecutive days. Patients repeated the perfusion measurements 3 months after shunting. Probable iNPH was diagnosed corresponding to the European-American iNPH guidelines and clinical performance was scored according to a recently published scale. After drop-outs, omission secondary to unsuccessful imaging and exclusion of non iNPH patients, 20 HI and 21 patients with complete preoperative imaging remained. One patient died prior to shunting. Postoperative DSC MRI was successful in all 20 cases and CTP in 17. Deconvolution generated absolute CBF estimates that eventually were normalized against an internal reference. Region of interest analysis was used for evaluation. Seventy-five percent of the patients were shunt responders. Correction of partial volume effects (PVE) of the arterial input function increased the accuracy of DSC MRI in HI. Despite PVE correction the linear relationship on the group level and the agreement between the modalities was limited. In iNPH, preoperative global and regional perfusion deficits, most pronounced in the periventricular white matter (PVWM), were measured by DSC MRI and, in spite of a limited spatial coverage, also by CTP. After shunting, DSC MRI and CTP demonstrated CBF restoration in responders in all anatomical regions and remaining hypoperfusion in the PVWM of non-responders. Postoperative metallic valve artefacts restricted the DSC MRI evaluation to one hemisphere, but were no issue in CTP. A valid prognostic CBF threshold was not identified. Regional and global CBF correlated with the severity of symptoms of iNPH.…