Turkish Neurosurgery
Comparison of TOF MRA, Contrast-Enhanced MRA and Subtracted CTA from CTP in Residue Evaluation of Treated Intracranial Aneurysms
Tolga Turan Dündar1, Ayşe Aralaşmak 2, Hüseyin Özdemir 2, Mehmet Hakan Seyithanoğlu 1, Ömer Uysal 3, Hüseyin Toprak2, Serkan Kitiş 1, Erdinç Özek 1, Alpay Alkan2
1Bezmialem Vakif University, Department of Neurosurgery, İSTANBUL,
2Bezmialem Vakif University, Department of Radiology, İSTANBUL,
3Bezmialem Vakif University, Department of Biostatistics, İSTANBUL,
DOI: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.21113-17.2

Aim:To compare effectiveness of contrast-enhanced MRA (CE-MRA), 3D-Time-of-flight MRA (3D-TOF-MRA) and subtracted CTA from CTP (sub-CTA) in residue evaluation of intracranial aneurysms treated either with coiling or clipping.Material and Methods:Sixteen treated aneurysms, which were evaluated with three methods within two weeks after the operation, were enrolled. The success of each imaging techniques in demonstration of residue aneurysm and nearby vessels was compared by Fisher\'s Exact Test. The differences among three was evaluated by Cochran\'s Q test (p ≤ 0.05).Results:Perfusion abnormality was noted in % 81 of clipped and none of coiled patients. Vessel visualization in the vicinity of aneurysm was better in sub-CTA, followed by CE-MRA. In clipped aneurysms, sub-CTA revealed residue aneurysms in % 16,7 of the patients while 3D-TOF-MRA and CE-MRA revealed none. In coiled aneurysms, CE-MRA revealed residue aneurysms in 100 %, and TOF-MRA in 33,3 % while sub-CTA revealed none. Although dramatic differences were noted in the evaluation of residue aneurysm as well as nearby vessel visualization, no statistical significance noted due to very few patients in subcategoriesConclusion:This is first study comparing the effectiveness of CE-MRA, 3D-TOF MRA and sub-CTA in residue aneurysms evaluation. Vessel visualization in the vicinity of aneurysm was better in sub-CTA in all regardless of coiling or clipping. Residue aneurysms were more commonly revealed by CE-MRA in coiled patients and more commonly and better shown by sub-CTA in clipped patients in addition of showing perfusion abnormality that’s is more common in clipped patients.

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