MRI may predict outcomes for cardiac arrest patients with brain damage

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Patients suffering brain damage after cardiac arrest may benefit from MRI, which could predict clinical outcomes by mapping brain activity.

The research, led by Robert D. Stevens, MD, with Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, was published in Radiology. The sudden lack of blood flow during a cardiac arrest can result in oxygen deficiencies in the brain, author wrote in their paper. Due to the nature of resuscitation and restoration of blood flow to the brain, patients are often left with disabling neurological and cognitive issues.

“By analyzing functional MRI data, we are able to see where brain network disruption is occurring, and determine how these changes relate to the likelihood of recovery from brain damage,” Stevens said in a release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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