Viz LVO versus Rapid LVO in detection of large vessel occlusion on CT angiography for acute stroke.


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Humans, Male, Female, Computed Tomography Angiography, Retrospective Studies, Aged, Middle Aged, Thrombectomy, Stroke, Cerebral Angiography, Algorithms, Sensitivity and Specificity, Aged, 80 and over


Cardiovascular Diseases | Diagnosis | Emergency Medicine


BACKGROUND: Endovascular thrombectomy improves outcomes and reduces mortality for large vessel occlusion (LVO) and is time-sensitive. Computer automation may aid in the early detection of LVOs, but false values may lead to alarm desensitization. We compared Viz LVO and Rapid LVO for automated LVO detection.

METHODS: Data were retrospectively extracted from Rapid LVO and Viz LVO running concurrently from January 2022 to January 2023 on CT angiography (CTA) images compared with a radiologist interpretation. We calculated diagnostic accuracy measures and performed a McNemar test to look for a difference between the algorithms' errors. We collected demographic data, comorbidities, ejection fraction (EF), and imaging features and performed a multiple logistic regression to determine if any of these variables predicted the incorrect classification of LVO on CTA.

RESULTS: 360 participants were included, with 47 large vessel occlusions. Viz LVO and Rapid LVO had a specificity of 0.96 and 0.85, a sensitivity of 0.87 and 0.87, a positive predictive value of 0.75 and 0.46, and a negative predictive value of 0.98 and 0.97, respectively. A McNemar test on correct and incorrect classifications showed a statistically significant difference between the two algorithms' errors (P=0.00000031). A multiple logistic regression showed that low EF (Viz P=0.00125, Rapid P=0.0286) and Modified Woodcock Score >1 (Viz P=0.000198, Rapid P=0.000000975) were significant predictors of incorrect classification.

CONCLUSION: Rapid LVO produced a significantly larger number of false positive values that may contribute to alarm desensitization, leading to missed alarms or delayed responses. EF and intracranial atherosclerosis were significant predictors of incorrect predictions.

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Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery