Automatic comprehensive aspects reports in clinical acute stroke MRIs

Chin Fu Liu, Jintong Li, Ganghyun Kim, Michael I. Miller, Argye E. Hillis, Andreia V. Faria

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The Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) is a simple visual system to assess the extent and location of ischemic stroke core. The capability of ASPECTS for selecting patients’ treatment, however, is affected by the variability in human evaluation. In this study, we developed a fully automatic system to calculate ASPECTS comparable with consensus expert readings. Our system was trained in 400 clinical diffusion weighted images of patients with acute infarcts and evaluated with an external testing set of 100 cases. The models are interpretable, and the results are comprehensive, evidencing the features that lead to the classification. This system adds to our automated pipeline for acute stroke detection, segmentation, and quantification in MRIs (ADS), which outputs digital infarct masks and the proportion of diverse brain regions injured, in addition to the predicted ASPECTS, the prediction probability and the explanatory features. ADS is public, free, accessible to non-experts, has very few computational requirements, and run in real time in local CPUs with a single command line, fulfilling the conditions to perform large-scale, reproducible clinical and translational research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3784
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023

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