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Abstract #3813

Evaluating the role of T2-weighted-imaging in acute ischemic stroke to accelerate routine Stroke-MRI protocol    

Sanjay Dhawan1,2, Ishrat Afshan1,2, Rupsa Bhattacharjee3, and Indrajit Saha3
1Clearmedi Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., Gurugram, India, 2Department of Radiology, Paras Hospitals, Gurugram, India, 3Philips Health Systems, Philips India Limited, Gurugram, India

The focus of MRI stroke-research is concentrated in identifying relevant sequence for stroke-screening, accelerating the acquisitions by latest innovations like Compressed-SENSE and developing methodologies to extract meaningful clinical-relevance (i.e., penumbra or mismatch-ratio) using minimum number sequences. Our objective is to evaluate the impact of including T2-weighted-images in fast acute-ischemic-stroke MRI protocols, to comment on role of T2w vis-à-vis Flair in terms of clinical findings for making an informed decision on the inclusion-criteria of ideal MR sequences in stroke MR protocol. Flair proves to be better than T2, in depicting small/subtle signal changes in critical time-window, beneficial for acute-stroke patient-treatment-planning.

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