Brain Age' Gap Predicts Post-Stroke Outcomes
The difference between a stroke patient's brain age and chronologic age may help clinicians predict which patients are likely to have worse outcomes, a new study found. Stroke patients with a higher relative brain age (RBA), as measured by MRI, had significantly worse functional outcomes after an ischemic stroke than patients with a lower RBA. Although more work is needed, researchers say using open source radiomics software to extract features from MRI scans could allow clinicians to better target post-stroke therapy.
@palash The gap between a person's chronologic age and their brain age has been implicated in earlier studies as a biomarker for risk of dementia, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, and other conditions. Bretzner and colleagues wanted to know if that brain age gap was also a predictor for outcomes following a stroke.