OBJECTIVE: To validate quantitative diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) MRI thresholds that correlate with poor outcome in comatose cardiac arrest survivors, we conducted a clinician-blinded study and prospectively obtained MRIs from comatose patients after cardiac arrest.METHODS: Consecutive comatose post-cardiac arrest adult patients were prospectively enrolled. MRIs obtained within 7 days after arrest were evaluated. The clinical team was blinded to the DWI MRI results and followed a prescribed prognostication algorithm. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values and thresholds differentiating good and poor outcome were analyzed. Poor outcome was defined as a Glasgow Outcome Scale score of =2 at 6 months after arrest.RESULTS: Ninety-seven patients were included, and 75 patients (77%) had MRIs. In 51 patients with MRI completed by postarrest day 7, the prespecified threshold of >10% of brain tissue with an ADC <650 *10-6 mm2/s was highly predictive for poor outcome with a sensitivity of 0.63 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.42-0.80), a specificity of 0.96 (95% CI 0.77-0.998), and a positive predictive value (PPV) of 0.94 (95% CI 0.71-0.997). The mean whole-brain ADC was higher among patients with good outcomes. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis showed that ADC <650 *10-6 mm2/s had an area under the curve of 0.79 (95% CI 0.65-0.93, p < 0.001). Quantitative DWI MRI data improved prognostication of both good and poor outcomes.CONCLUSIONS: This prospective, clinician-blinded study validates previous research showing that an ADC <650 *10-6 mm2/s in >10% of brain tissue in an MRI obtained by postarrest day 7 is highly specific for poor outcome in comatose patients after cardiac arrest.
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