CT-Perfusion for Neurological Diagnostic Evaluation

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    Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)
Updated on 26 March 2021


For the purpose of organ donation after neurological determination of death (NDD), death must be declared using a set of standardized clinical criteria. When a full clinical evaluation cannot be completed, additional neuroimaging ancillary testing is required. The ideal ancillary test for NDD would demonstrate no cerebral blood flow, be free of false-positive and false negative results, rapid, safe, readily available, non-invasive, and inexpensive. No current ancillary test for NDD meets these criteria. Computed tomography (CT) perfusion has the characteristics of an ideal test for NDD, but has not been evaluated for routine clinical use for NDD.

The overarching goal of this project is to improve the NDD process by establishing CT-perfusion as the ideal ancillary test. A large prospective Canadian multi-centre diagnostic cohort study will be conducted to validate CT-perfusion for the neurological determination of death.

Specific objectives are:

Primary objective: To determine diagnostic accuracy of CT-perfusion compared to complete clinical evaluation for NDD.

Secondary objectives: 1) To confirm the safety of performing CT-perfusion in critically ill patients suspected of being neurologically deceased; 2) To establish the CT-perfusion inter-rater reliability for NDD; 3) To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of CT-angiography compared to complete clinical evaluation and to CT-perfusion for NDD; 4) To describe the clearance of commonly used sedatives and narcotics in the setting of NDD; and 5) to investigate biological changes (inflammatory and nanovesicles) that occur in humans during the brain dying process.


The investigators will conduct a large prospective Canadian multi-centre diagnostic cohort study. The primary diagnostic test evaluated will be CT-perfusion. The reference standard will be the complete clinical evaluation of brainstem functions. Comatose patients at high risk of neurological death exempt of confounding factors (e.g. hypothermic patients, use of long-acting sedatives, etc.) will be included. All patients will undergo CT-perfusion of the head (with CT-angiography reconstructions) followed by a complete NDD assessment. Both CT-perfusion and the clinical exam will be performed by independent assessors blinded from each others' interpretation. The primary endpoints will be the sensitivity and specificity of CT-perfusion to confirm NDD. Safety endpoints will be CT-perfusion -related adverse events (i.e. contrast-induced kidney injury, new hemodynamic instability while undergoing CT-perfusion). The true negative, true positive, false negative and false positive for CT-angiography obtained from the CT-perfusion source images when compared to the reference standard as well as when compared to the CT-Perfusion will also be reported. The sensitivity and specificity of CT-angiography compared to the reference standard and to CT-perfusion along with corresponding 95% confidence intervals will be calculated. Individual patient and population pharmacokinetics of analgesics and sedatives will be determined. To better investigate the impact of residual circulating sedative or narcotic levels on the accuracy of CT-Perfusion and CT-Angiography, Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) curves for varying levels of narcotic or sedative thresholds and compute the ROC area under the curve for each threshold will be plotted. To assess the immune phenotype, peripheral blood mononuclear cells activation will be evaluated by flow cytometry and cytokines by multiplex analyses. Nanovesicles fraction will be isolated from the plasma by ultracentrifugation and antigenic content and enzymatic activity. The plasma will finally be analysed by ELISAs and multiplex analyses to determine the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Condition Neurological Determination of Death
Treatment Neurological Diagnostic Evaluation
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03098511
SponsorCentre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)
Last Modified on26 March 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Is your age greater than or equal to 18 yrs?
Gender: Male or Female
Do you have Neurological Determination of Death?
Do you have any of these conditions: Do you have Neurological Determination of Death??
Do you have any of these conditions: Do you have Neurological Determination of Death??
Do you have any of these conditions: Do you have Neurological Determination of Death??
Adults 18 years and older
Admitted in the intensive care unit with a brain injury
Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) = 3
Sedation stopped for at least 6 hours

Exclusion Criteria

Patients with the following contraindications to CT-perfusion will be excluded from the study
Contrast allergy
Clinician refuses inclusion because of kidney injury
Patients with any of the following confounding factors precluding complete clinical neurological evaluation will be excluded from the study
Cervical fracture above C6
Significant facial trauma limiting cranial nerve examination
Hypothermia < 34 C
Use of intravenous barbiturates at any time since admission
Unresuscitated shock
Peripheral nerve or muscle dysfunction or neuromuscular blockade potentially accounting for unresponsiveness
Anoxic brain injury < 24h (or 72h if therapeutic hypothermia)
Attending physician disagrees to conduct an apnea test
Any other abnormalities deemed a confounding factor for NDD by the attending clinician
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