A comparison of computed tomography and magnetic resonance brain imaging in HIV-positive patients with neurological symptoms

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  • We reviewed our practice in order to determine the optimum neuroimaging strategy for HIV-infected patients with acute neurological presentations between April 2007 and August 2008. Overall magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) detected cranial abnormalities in more than twice as many patients as did computed tomography (CT) (74% and 32%, n = 54 and 38, respectively). Replacement of CT by first-line MRI for all patients would have required an additional 16 MRI scans, although at a saving of 38 CT scans. Our study highlights the importance of first-line MRI brain imaging in HIV patients with neurological symptoms and reinforces the need for early transfer of patients from centres that do not have rapid access to (or expert interpretation of) MRI scanning, to an appropriate HIV specialist centre.
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  • Wilson AJ; Sayer RA; Edwards SG; Cartledge JD; Miller RF
  • Start Page

  • 198
  • End Page

  • 201
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 3