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Jan 12

According to a retrospective study, when considering patients with acute strokes for endovascular therapy

According to a retrospective study, when considering patients with acute strokes for endovascular therapy, an MRI might help select those who will be most likely to benefit. A protocol that added MRI to the standard CT–based assessment was associated with a lower percentage of patients who underwent endovascular therapy (51.7% versus 96.6%, P<0.05), but a greater percentage who achieved a good clinical outcome at 30 days (23.6% versus 9.1%, P=0.01) compared with a CT–based approach alone. The addition of MRI also was associated with a lower rate of 30-day mortality (25% versus 48.5%, P<0.001). The findings are reported online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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