Workflow Times and Outcome of Endovascular Therapy in Stroke Patients with Initial MRI or CT

Cerebrovasc Dis. 2022;51(1):45-51. doi: 10.1159/000517903. Epub 2021 Jul 30.


Introduction: Treatment of patients with acute large vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke is highly time dependent. MRI and CT are both used as primary neuroimaging modalities in these patients, which may be associated with differences in workflow times of endovascular therapy (ET), thus potentially affecting clinical outcome. We here aimed to compare workflow times and clinical outcome in a large cohort of patients initially examined by MRI or CT.

Methods: We analyzed patients who underwent ET between 2015 and 2019 and were enrolled into the prospective multicenter German Stroke Registry-Endovascular Therapy (GSR-ET). Patients who had an MRI prior to ET were compared to patients with a pretreatment CT regarding baseline data, in-hospital workflow times, and clinical outcome.

Results: Three hundred seventy out of 4,638 patients were examined with an initial MRI (8.0%). Compared to patients with an initial CT, MRI patients had a longer median time from hospital admission to imaging acquisition (23 vs. 14 min). All consecutive workflow times did not significantly differ between both groups after adjustment for confounders. Moreover, the clinical outcome did not differ between MRI and CT patients after adjustment for confounders.

Conclusion: In LVO stroke patients undergoing ET, pretreatment imaging with MRI instead of CT leads to a delay of imaging acquisition after hospital admission without having a measurable impact on consecutive workflow steps and clinical outcome.

Keywords: Magnetic resonance imaging; Stroke; Thrombectomy.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Brain Ischemia* / therapy
  • Endovascular Procedures* / adverse effects
  • Endovascular Procedures* / methods
  • Humans
  • Ischemic Stroke*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Prospective Studies
  • Stroke* / diagnostic imaging
  • Stroke* / etiology
  • Stroke* / therapy
  • Thrombectomy / methods
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Workflow