Purpose: To compare a reduced (three-sequence) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging protocol with a full (eight- to 10-sequence) MR imaging protocol in adults suspected of having stroke. Materials And Methods: Six neuroradiologists interpreted a consecutive sample of 265 MR images in patients suspected of having stroke. Each read reduced-protocol images in a discrete series of 40 patients (one read images in only 15) and corresponding full-protocol images 1 month later (reduced/full protocol). Five of the readers each read images in 10 additional cases, five each as full/full and reduced/reduced protocol controls. κ values between full and reduced protocols, reader assessment of protocol adequacy, confidence level, and need for additional sequences or examinations were evaluated. Results: In the reduced/full protocol, the κ value for detecting ischemia was 0.797; and that for detecting any clinically important abnormality, 0.635. Statistically similar κ values were found with the full/full control design (κ = 0.802 and 0.715, respectively). The full protocol was judged more adequate than the reduced protocol (2.0 of 5.0 points vs 1.6, P < .001) and generated greater diagnostic confidence (8.6 of 10.0 points vs 8.9, P = .01), less need for additional sequences (2.7 of 6.0 points vs 1.5, P < .001), and more requests for additional examinations (28.4% vs 36.3%). CONCLUSION: Disagreement between interpretations of reduced- and full-protocol images might be attributable to baseline-level intra-observer inconsistency, as demonstrated in control designs. A greater number of sequences did not lead to greater consistency.
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2001|
- Brain, MR
- Brain, ischemia