Frequency and patterns of abnormality detected by iodine-123 amine emission CT after cerebral infarction

T. G. Brott, M. J. Gelfand, C. C. Williams, J. A. Spilker, V. S. Hertzberg

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Abstract

Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was performed in 31 patients with cerebral infarction and 13 who had had transient ischemic attacks, using iodine-123-labeled N,N,N'-trimethyl-N'-(2-hydroxyl-3-methyl-5-iodobenzyl)-1,3-propranediamine (I-123-HIPDM) as the radiopharmaceutical. SPECT scans were compared with computed tomography (CT) scans. SPECT was as sensitive as CT in detecting cerebral infarction (94% vs. 84%). The abnormalities were larger on the SPECT scans than on the CT scans in 19 cases, equal in seven, and smaller in five (SPECT abnormalities ≥ CT abnormalities in 86% of cases). Fifteen of 30 patients with hemispheric infarction had decreased perfusion (decreased uptake of I-123-HIPDM) to the cerebellar hemisphere contralateral to the cerebral hemisphere involved by the infarction (crossed cerebellar diaschisis). Nine of these 15 patients had major motor deficits, while only one of the 15 without crossed cerebellar diaschisis had a mjaor motor deficit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)729-734
Number of pages6
JournalRadiology
Volume158
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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