• Fourteen patients (10 with left-sided and 4 with right-sided cerebral infarction) were prospectively studied with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) using N-isopropyl-p-(1 123) iodoamphetamine (IMP, SPECTamine) to determine its usefulness in predicting neurologic/language recovery after cerebral infarction. All neuro-SPECT imaging was performed within 30 days after infarction. Detailed assessment of neurologic and/or language recovery (after 3 months) was carried out prospectively in each patient. Patients with smaller volume IMP defects in the region of infarction demonstrated significantly better neurologic and language recovery than patients with large IMP defects. Analysis of the IMP "redistribution" phenomenon failed to demonstrate definitively a relationship with clinical recovery. It was concluded that the volume of the IMP defect can aid in predicting recovery potential after cerebral infarction.
Bushnell DL, Gupta S, Mlcoch AG, Barnes WE. Prediction of Language and Neurologic Recovery After Cerebral Infarction With SPECT Imaging Using N-Isopropyl-p-(I 123) Iodoamphetamine. Arch Neurol. 1989;46(6):665–669. doi:10.1001/archneur.1989.00520420085027
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