Contrast enhancement of cerebral infarcts. Incidence and clinical value in different states of cerebral infarction

Research paper by Elisabeth B. Skriver, T. S. Olsen

Indexed on: 01 Sep '82Published on: 01 Sep '82Published in: Neuroradiology


Information obtained from CT scan after contrast administration was evaluated in 59 consecutive stroke patients. CT scans before and after contrast administration were performed 3 days and 21/2 weeks after stroke. A plain CT scan was repeated 6 months later. Contrast enhancement was practically not seen on the first examination, but was seen in 46% on the second examination. There was a close relationship between the occurrence of contrast enhancement and the socalled “fogging effect”. Contrast scanning gave additional information only when this effect was present. Plain CT scans 3 days after stroke were superior to contrast scans taken at any time for detecting and visualizing cerebral infarcts.