Elizabeth A Warburton

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Background Shock index (SI) (ratio between heart rate and systolic blood pressure) has been shown to be associated with poor mortality outcomes in trauma and pneumonia; however it has yet to be examined in stroke. We aimed to examine the relationship between SI and acute outcomes of inpatient, 3-day and 7-day mortality in stroke. Secondly, we aimed to compare SI and systolic blood pressure (SBP) alone in predicting above outcomes. Methods Data from a multicentre prospective cohort study conducted between October 2009 and September 2012 in eight NHS trusts in East of England were analysed. The relationships between SI, SBP and study outcomes were assessed using multivariable logistic regression models using mid-quintile groups as the reference category. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves assessed the discriminating ability between the SI and SBP models. Results A total of 2121 stroke patients were included (47.4% men; mean age 77.10 (sd) 12.40) years. The lowest quintile of the SI, had an increased odds of 3-day and 7-day mortality, adjusted odds ratio (AOR) 2.45 (95% CI:1.16–5.17) and 1.88 (1.01–3.49), respectively. Patients with the highest quintile of SI also had increased odds of in-patient, 3-day and 7-day mortality, AORs 1.85 (1.17–2.92), 2.18 (1.03–4.63) and 2.45 (1.34–4.49), respectively. Similarly, SBP had a U-shape relationship with mortality. All measures had an ROC area under the curve > 0.8 but there was no difference in the discriminating ability between SI and SBP. Conclusions SI at extremely high and low values appeared to predict stroke mortality and appears to be particularly useful in predicting very early (3-day) mortality.
    International Journal of Cardiology 03/2015; 182:523-527. DOI:10.1016/j.ijcard.2014.12.175 · 6.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: AimsThe objective of this study is to externally validate the SOAR stroke score (Stroke subtype, Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project Classification, Age and prestroke modified Rankin score) in predicting hospital length of stay (LOS) following an admission for acute stroke.Methods We conducted a multi-centre observational study in eight National Health Service hospital trusts in the Anglia Stroke & Heart Clinical Network between September 2008 and April 2011. The usefulness of the SOAR stroke score in predicting hospital LOS in the acute settings was examined for all stroke and then stratified by discharge status (discharged alive or died during the admission).ResultsA total of 3596 patients (mean age 77 years) with first-ever or recurrent stroke (92% ischaemic) were included. Increasing LOS was observed with increasing SOAR stroke score (p < 0.001 for both mean and median) and the SOAR stroke score of 0 had the shortest mean LOS (12 ± 20 days) while the SOAR stroke score of 6 had the longest mean LOS (26 ± 28 days). Among patients who were discharged alive, increasing SOAR stroke score had a significantly higher mean and median LOS (p < 0.001 for both mean and median) and the LOS peaked among patients with score value of 6 [mean (SD) 35 ± 31 days, median (IQR) 23 (14–48) days]. For patients who died as in-patient, there was no significant difference in mean or median LOS with increasing SOAR stroke score (p = 0.68 and p = 0.79, respectively).Conclusion This external validation study confirms the usefulness of the SOAR stroke score in predicting LOS in patients with acute stroke especially in those who are likely to survive to discharge. This provides a simple prognostic score useful for clinicians, patients and service providers.
    International Journal of Clinical Practice 02/2015; DOI:10.1111/ijcp.12577 · 2.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The majority of established telestroke services are based on "hub-and-spoke" models for providing acute clinical assessment and thrombolysis. We report results from the first year of the successful implementation of a locally based telemedicine network, without the need of 1 or more hub hospitals, across a largely rural landscape. Following a successful pilot phase that demonstrated safety and feasibility, the East of England telestroke project was rolled out across 7 regional hospitals, covering an area of 7500 square miles and a population of 5.6 million to enable out-of-hours access to thrombolysis. Between November 2010 and November 2011, 142 telemedicine consultations were recorded out-of-hours. Seventy-four (52.11%) cases received thrombolysis. Median (IQR) onset-to-needle and door-to-needle times were 169 (141.5 to 201.5) minutes and 94 (72 to 113.5) minutes, respectively. Symptomatic hemorrhage rate was 7.3% and stroke mimic rate was 10.6%. We demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of a horizontal networking approach for stroke telemedicine, which may be applicable to areas where traditional "hub-and-spoke" models may not be geographically feasible.
    Journal of the American Heart Association 12/2014; 3(1):e000408. DOI:10.1161/JAHA.113.000408
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    ABSTRACT: By detecting β-amyloid (Aβ) in the wall of cortical arterioles, amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) imaging might help diagnose cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) in patients with lobar intracerebral hemorrhage (l-ICH). No previous study has directly assessed the diagnostic value of (11)C-Pittsburgh compound B (PiB) PET in probable CAA-related l-ICH against healthy controls (HCs). (11)C-PiB-PET and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including T2* were obtained in 11 nondemented patients fulfilling the Boston criteria for probable CAA-related symptomatic l-ICH (sl-ICH) and 20 HCs without cognitive complaints or impairment. After optimal spatial normalization, cerebral spinal fluid (CSF)-corrected PiB distribution volume ratios (DVRs) were obtained. There was no significant difference in whole cortex or regional DVRs between CAA patients and age-matched HCs. The whole cortex DVR was above the 95% confidence limit in 4/9 HCs and 10/11 CAA patients (sensitivity=91%, specificity=55%). Region/frontal or occipital ratios did not have better discriminative value. Similar but less accurate results were found using visual analysis. In patients with sl-ICH, (11)C-PiB-PET has low specificity for CAA due to the frequent occurrence of high (11)C-PiB uptake in the healthy elderly reflecting incipient Alzheimer's disease (AD), which might also be present in suspected CAA. However, a negative PiB scan rules out CAA with excellent sensitivity, which has clinical implications for prognostication and selection of candidates for drug trials.Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism advance online publication, 12 March 2014; doi:10.1038/jcbfm.2014.43.
    Journal of cerebral blood flow and metabolism: official journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism 03/2014; DOI:10.1038/jcbfm.2014.43 · 5.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Age has a differential effect on cognition, with word retrieval being one of the cognitive domains most affected by aging. This study examined the functional and structural neural correlates of phonological word retrieval in younger and older adults using word and picture rhyme judgment tasks. Although the behavioral performance in the fMRI task was similar for the two age groups, the older adults had increased activation in the right pars triangularis across tasks and in the right pars orbitalis for the word task only. Increased activation together with preserved performance in the older participants would suggest that increased activation was related to compensatory processing. We validated this hypothesis by showing that right pars triangularis activation during correct rhyme judgments was highest in participants who made overall more errors, therefore being most error-prone. Our findings demonstrate that the effect of aging differ in adjacent but distinct right inferior frontal regions. The differential effect of age on word and picture tasks also provides new clues to the level of processing that is most affected by age in speech production tasks. Specifically, we suggest that right inferior frontal activation in older participants is needed to inhibit errors.
  • Circulation 11/2013; 128(A14673). · 14.95 Impact Factor
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    Circulation 11/2013; 128(A17385). · 14.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Homonymous visual field defects (VFD) are common following stroke, and often recover, partially or fully, by unknown mechanisms. In clinical practice, visual field recovered on perimetry is often considered perceptually normal. However, studies have shown contrast sensitivity (CS) deficits in patients with stroke and homonymous VFD. This study investigated the origin of visual CS loss in patients with VFD due to stroke. We hypothesised that CS deficits would be found in visual field areas appearing normal on perimetry, in patients with ischaemic stroke affecting the retrochiasmal visual system, and that the spatiotemporal properties of this CS loss would be consistent with those of 'blindsight', perhaps suggesting similar underlying mechanisms. Methods: CS measurements were made in 20 healthy participants, and in 7 patients with stroke causing homonymous VFD sparing foveal vision, measured using Humphrey static perimetry (SITA-Fast 24-2 procedure). Importantly, patients with concomitant visuospatial neglect were excluded. CS measurements were made using a modification of the method of increasing contrast, corrected for reaction time. Three spatial stimuli were used, at several spatial frequencies: (1) large sinusoidal gratings; (2) foveal Gabor patches; and (3) Gabor patches presenting in the putatively recovered visual field, near VFD. Stimuli with different temporal profiles were used to selectively stimulate transient and sustained visual channels, to provide insight into mechanisms of visual loss and/or recovery. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used in the analysis of the measurements, allowing for correction for age and stimulus eccentricity. Results: ANOVA for sustained grating stimuli showed orientation-selective (horizontal) CS loss (p = 0.025); no such loss was apparent in the central visual field (foveal Gabor stimuli). Localised CS close to VFD was reduced in stroke-affected hemifields compared with unaffected hemifields (p ≤ 0.005), though these areas appeared normal on perimetry. In these areas, CS was relatively preserved for transient compared with sustained stimuli (Wilcoxon signed rank tests). Conclusions: The finding of specific CS deficits in the normal-appearing visual field of patients with homonymous VFD due to stroke suggests that static perimetry provides an inadequate assessment of visual function in these patients, with clear implications for testing of vision in clinical practice. The results are consistent with relative sparing of the transient/magnocellular visual channel. These findings demand further investigation. If confirmed in larger, longitudinal studies, this will have important implications for the mechanisms of recovery, and may provide a target for visual rehabilitation - for example, using repeated detection practice ('perceptual learning'). © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Cerebrovascular Diseases 10/2013; 36(5-6):329-335. DOI:10.1159/000354810 · 3.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mapping the ischaemic penumbra in acute stroke is of considerable clinical interest. For this purpose, mapping tissue hypoxia with (18)F-misonidazole (FMISO) PET is attractive, and is straightforward compared to (15)O PET. Given the current emphasis on penumbra imaging using diffusion/perfusion MR or CT perfusion, investigating the relationships between FMISO uptake and abnormalities with these modalities is important. According to a prospective design, three patients (age 54-81 years; admission NIH stroke scale scores 16-22) with an anterior circulation stroke and extensive penumbra on CT- or MR-based perfusion imaging successfully completed FMISO PET, diffusion-weighted imaging and MR angiography 6-26 h after stroke onset, and follow-up FLAIR to map the final infarction. All had persistent proximal occlusion and a poor outcome despite thrombolysis. Significant FMISO trapping was defined voxel-wise relative to ten age-matched controls and mapped onto coregistered maps of the penumbra and irreversibly damaged ischaemic core. FMISO trapping was present in all patients (volume range 18-119 ml) and overlapped mainly with the penumbra but also with the core in each patient. There was a significant (p ≤ 0.001) correlation in the expected direction between FMISO uptake and perfusion, with a sharp FMISO uptake bend around the expected penumbra threshold. FMISO uptake had the expected overlap with the penumbra and relationship with local perfusion. However, consistent with recent animal data, our study suggests FMISO trapping may not be specific to the penumbra. If confirmed in larger samples, this preliminary finding would have potential implications for the clinical application of FMISO PET in acute ischaemic stroke.
    European Journal of Nuclear Medicine 10/2013; 41(4). DOI:10.1007/s00259-013-2581-x · 4.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: An accurate prognosis is useful for patients, family, and service providers after acute stroke. METHODS: We validated the Stroke subtype, Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project Classification, Age, and prestroke Rankin stroke score in predicting inpatient and 7-day mortality using data from 8 National Health Service hospital trusts in the Anglia Stroke and Heart Clinical Network between September 2008 and April 2011. RESULTS: A total of 3547 stroke patients (ischemic, 92%) were included. An incremental increase of inpatient and 7-day mortality was observed with increase in Stroke subtype, Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project Classification, Age, and prestroke Rankin stroke score. Using a cut-off of ≥3, the area under the receiver operator curves values for inpatient and 7-day mortality were 0.80 and 0.82, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: A simple score based on 4 easily obtainable variables at the point of care may potentially help predict early stroke mortality.
    Stroke 06/2013; 44(7). DOI:10.1161/STROKEAHA.113.001148 · 6.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: After stroke, penumbral salvage determines clinical recovery. However, the rescued penumbra may be affected by selective neuronal loss, as documented both histopathologically in animals and using the validated in vivo positron emission tomography marker (11)C-flumazenil in humans. However, whether the non-infarcted penumbra is capable of neuronal activation, and how selective neuronal loss may interfere, is unknown. Here we prospectively mapped the topographical relationships between functional magnetic resonance imaging responses and non-infarcted penumbra, and tested the hypothesis that the former do take place in the latter, but only in its subsets spared selective neuronal loss. Seven patients (mean age 74 years; three thrombolysed) with first-ever acute anterior circulation stroke, presence of penumbra on computed tomography perfusion performed within 6 h of onset, and substantial deficit on admission but good outcome at 1-3 months (National Institute of Health Stroke Score range 6-13 and 0-1, respectively, P = 0.001), were studied. At follow-up, patients underwent structural magnetic resonance imaging to map the infarct, functional magnetic resonance imaging (three tasks selected to probe the right or left hemisphere), and (11)C-flumazenil positron emission tomography generating binding potential maps. Patients with significant carotid or middle-cerebral artery disease or impaired vasoreactivity were excluded. Following image coregistration, the non-infarcted penumbra comprised all acutely ischaemic voxels (identified on acute computed tomography perfusion using previously validated thresholds) not part of the final infarct. To test our hypotheses, the overlap between functional magnetic resonance imaging activation clusters and non-infarcted penumbra was mapped, and binding potential values then computed both within and outside this overlap. In addition, the overlap between functional magnetic resonance imaging activation clusters and areas of significantly reduced binding potential (determined using Statistical Parametric Mapping against 16 age-matched control subjects) was assessed in each patient. An overlap between non-infarcted penumbra and functional magnetic resonance imaging clusters was present in seven of seven patients, substantial in four. Binding potential was significantly reduced in the whole non-infarcted penumbra (P < 0.01) but not within the functional magnetic resonance imaging overlap. Clusters with significantly reduced binding potential showed virtually no overlap with functional magnetic resonance imaging activation compared with 12 age-matched controls (P = 0.04).The results from this proof of principle study suggest that 1-3 months after stroke the non-infarcted penumbra is capable of neuronal activation, consistent with its established role in recovery of neurological functions. However, although the non-infarcted penumbra as a whole was affected by selective neuronal loss, activations tended to occur within portions spared selective neuronal loss, suggesting the latter impedes neuronal activation. Although its clinical correlates are still elusive, selective neuronal loss may represent a novel therapeutic target in the aftermath of ischaemic stroke.
    Brain 05/2013; DOI:10.1093/brain/awt112 · 10.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: The usefulness of the implantable loop recorder (ILR) with improved atrial fibrillation (AF) detection capability (Reveal XT) and the factors associated with AF in the setting of unexplained stroke were investigated. METHODS: A cohort study is reported of 51 patients in whom ILRs were implanted for the investigation of ischemic stroke for which no cause had been found (cryptogenic) following appropriate vascular and cardiac imaging and at least 24 hours of cardiac rhythm monitoring. RESULTS: The patients were aged from 17 to 73 (median 52) years. Of the 30 patients with a shunt investigation, 22 had a patent foramen ovale (73.3%; 95% confidence interval [CI] 56.5%-90.1%). AF was identified in 13 (25.5%; 95% CI 13.1%-37.9%) cases. AF was associated with increasing age (p = 0.018), interatrial conduction block (p = 0.02), left atrial volume (p = 0.025), and the occurrence of atrial premature contractions on preceding external monitoring (p = 0.004). The median (range) of monitoring prior to AF detection was 48 (0-154) days. CONCLUSION: In patients with unexplained stroke, AF was detected by ILR in 25.5%. Predictors of AF were identified, which may help to target investigations. ILRs may have a central role in the future in the investigation of patients with unexplained stroke.
    Neurology 03/2013; 80(17). DOI:10.1212/WNL.0b013e31828f1828 · 8.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Increasing age is the single largest non-modifiable risk factor for ischaemic stroke. Animal models have substantiated the view that age related neuron vulnerability to ischaemia plays a role in stroke and other age related neurological diseases. Given the key role of the ischaemic penumbra in stroke pathophysiology, we hypothesised that age has an impact on penumbral tissue and its acute determinants. METHODS: We studied a prospective cohort of patients (n=39) at a mean time of 154.7 min from stroke onset, using state of the art whole brain perfusion CT and CT angiography. Penumbral and core were defined using quantitative voxel based thresholds for mean transit time and cerebral blood volume (CBV). Collateral vessel scores were assessed and haemodynamic variables (ie, cerebral blood flow and CBV) were measured in affected and unaffected tissues. RESULTS: While age correlated negatively with normalised penumbral volume (Kendall's τ b=-0.234, p=0.048) and lesion volume (Kendall's τ b=0.238, p=0.045), core volume remained unchanged, accompanied by an incremental collateral response with age (Kendall's τ b=0.496, p<0.0001). Haemodynamic variables remained unaffected by age in our cohort. CONCLUSIONS: These findings, described for the first time in a clinical cohort using whole brain CT perfusion and concomitant vascular imaging, suggest that age has a differential effect on acute tissue compartments in the wake of a preserved collateral vascular response and haemodynamic parameters. In agreement with the preclinical literature, the results point to a distinct tissue response to acute ischaemia in the ageing brain and merit validation studies in larger cohorts, particularly in relation to clinical outcomes.
    Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry 11/2012; 84(3). DOI:10.1136/jnnp-2012-303258 · 4.87 Impact Factor
  • Heart (British Cardiac Society) 11/2012; 98(Suppl 3):A3-A3. DOI:10.1136/heartjnl-2012-302951.009 · 6.02 Impact Factor
  • Heart (British Cardiac Society) 11/2012; 98(Suppl 3):A2-A3. DOI:10.1136/heartjnl-2012-302951.007 · 6.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Age has a differential effect on cognition, with word retrieval being one of the cognitive domains most affected by aging. This study examined the functional and structural neural correlates of phonological word retrieval in younger and older adults using word and picture rhyme judgment tasks. Although the behavioral performance in the fMRI task was similar for the two age groups, the older adults had increased activation in the right pars triangularis across tasks and in the right pars orbitalis for the word task only. Increased activation together with preserved performance in the older participants would suggest that increased activation was related to compensatory processing. We validated this hypothesis by showing that right pars triangularis activation during correct rhyme judgments was highest in participants who made overall more errors, therefore being most error-prone. Our findings demonstrate that the effect of aging differ in adjacent but distinct right inferior frontal regions. The differential effect of age on word and picture tasks also provides new clues to the level of processing that is most affected by age in speech production tasks. Specifically, we suggest that right inferior frontal activation in older participants is needed to inhibit errors.
    Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 07/2012; 24(11):2135-46. DOI:10.1162/jocn_a_00278 · 4.49 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Studies attempting to map post-stroke cognitive or motor symptoms to lesion location have been available in the literature for over 150 years. In the last two decades, two computational techniques have been developed to identify the lesion sites associated with behavioural impairments. Voxel Based Morphometry (VBM) has now been used extensively for this purpose in many different patient populations. More recently, Voxel-based Lesion Symptom Mapping (VLSM) was developed specifically for the purpose of identifying lesion-symptom relationships in stroke patients, and has been used extensively to study, among others functions, language, motor abilities and attention. However, no studies have compared the results of these two techniques so far. In this study we compared VLSM and VBM in a cohort of 20 patients with chronic post-stroke aphasia. Comparison of the two techniques showed overlap in regions previously found to be relevant for the tasks used, suggesting that using both techniques and looking for overlaps between them can increase the reliability of the results obtained. However, overall VBM and VLSM provided only partially concordant results and the differences between the two techniques are discussed.
    01/2012; 1(1):37-47. DOI:10.1016/j.nicl.2012.08.003
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    ABSTRACT: The neural correlates of inner speech have been investigated previously using functional imaging. However, methodological and other limitations have so far precluded a clear description of the neural anatomy of inner speech and its relation to overt speech. Specifically, studies that examine only inner speech often fail to control for subjects' behaviour in the scanner and therefore cannot determine the relation between inner and overt speech. Functional imaging studies comparing inner and overt speech have not produced replicable results and some have similar methodological caveats as studies looking only at inner speech. Lesion analysis can avoid the methodological pitfalls associated with using inner and overt speech in functional imaging studies, while at the same time providing important data about the neural correlates essential for the specific function. Despite its advantages, a study of the neural correlates of inner speech using lesion analysis has not been carried out before. In this study, 17 patients with chronic post-stroke aphasia performed inner speech tasks (rhyme and homophone judgements), and overt speech tasks (reading aloud). The relationship between brain structure and language ability was studied using voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping. This showed that inner speech abilities were affected by lesions to the left pars opercularis in the inferior frontal gyrus and to the white matter adjacent to the left supramarginal gyrus, over and above overt speech production and working memory. These results suggest that inner speech cannot be assumed to be simply overt speech without a motor component. It also suggests that the use of overt speech to understand inner speech and vice versa might result in misleading conclusions, both in imaging studies and clinical practice.
    Brain 10/2011; 134(Pt 10):3071-82. DOI:10.1093/brain/awr232 · 10.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Despite use in clinical practice and major positive trials of thrombolysis, non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT) is not sensitive for identifying penumbral tissue in acute stroke. This study evaluated how physiological imaging using CT perfusion (CTP) could add to the diagnostic utility of an NCCT and inform clinical decisions regarding thrombolysis. Forty imaging datasets containing NCCT and CTP were retrospectively identified from a cohort of consecutive acute stroke patients. Two sets of observers (n = 6) and a neuroradiologist evaluated the images without knowledge of clinical symptoms. Inter-observer agreement was calculated using the κ statistic for identifying acute ischaemic change on NCCT: perfusion abnormalities (namely cerebral blood volume, cerebral blood flow and time to peak), and penumbral tissue on perfusion maps obtained by two image processing algorithms. Inter-rater agreement was moderate (κ = 0.54) for early ischaemic change on NCCT. Perfusion maps improved this to substantial for cerebral blood volume (κ = 0.67) and to almost perfect for time to peak (κ = 0.87) and cerebral blood flow (κ = 0.87). The agreement for qualitative assessment of penumbral tissue was substantial to perfect for images obtained using the two different perfusion algorithms. Overall, there was a high rate of decision to thrombolyse based on NCCT (81.25%). CTP strengthened the decision to thrombolyse based on NCCT in 38.3% of cases. It negatively influenced the decision in 14.6% of cases, this being significantly more common in experienced observers (p = 0.02). We demonstrate that the qualitative evaluation of CTP produces near perfect inter-observer agreement, regardless of the post-processing method used. CTP is a reliable, accessible and practical imaging modality that improves confidence in reaching the appropriate diagnosis. It is particularly useful for less experienced clinicians, to arrive at a physiologically informed treatment decision.
    Cerebrovascular Diseases 08/2011; 32(3):227-33. DOI:10.1159/000329310 · 3.70 Impact Factor

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  • 2004–2013
    • University of Cambridge
      • • Department of Clinical Neurosciences
      • • Department of Radiology
      Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
    • Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
      Papworth, England, United Kingdom
  • 2008–2009
    • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
      Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
  • 2007
    • The University of Manchester
      Manchester, England, United Kingdom
  • 1999
    • Imperial College London
      Londinium, England, United Kingdom
  • 1996
    • MRC Clinical Sciences Centre
      London Borough of Harrow, England, United Kingdom