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Noninvasive detection of intracerebral hemorrhage using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)
Author(s): Hans-Juergen Hennes; Carsten Lott; Michael Windirsch; Daniel F. Hanley; Stephan Boor; Ansgar Brambrink; Wolfgang Dick
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Paper Abstract

Intracerebral Hemorrhage (IH) is an important cause of secondary brain injury in neurosurgical patients. Early identification and treatment improve neurologic outcome. We have tested Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) as an alternative noninvasive diagnostic tool compared to CT-Scans to detect IH. We prospectively studied 212 patients with neurologic symptoms associated with intracranial pathology before performing a CT-scan. NIRS signals indicated pathologies in 181 cases (sensitivity 0.96; specificity 0.29). In a subgroup of subdural hematomas NIRS detected 45 of 46 hematomas (sensitivity 0.96; specificity 0.79). Identification of intracerebral hemorrhage using NIRS has the potential to allow early treatment, thus possibly avoiding further injury.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1998
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3194, Photon Propagation in Tissues III, (1 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.301090
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Hans-Juergen Hennes, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. (Germany)
Carsten Lott, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. (Germany)
Michael Windirsch, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. (Germany)
Daniel F. Hanley, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Stephan Boor, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. (Germany)
Ansgar Brambrink, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. (Germany)
Wolfgang Dick, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3194:
Photon Propagation in Tissues III
David A. Benaron; Britton Chance; Marco Ferrari, Editor(s)

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