Based on the Plain/Non-contrast CT Head. The ASPECT Score can be used to assess early ischemic changes in acute stroke on any modern CT scanner without the need for additional processing steps making it easily applicable in many settings worldwide.
As the initial imaging modality to both screen for and establish the diagnosis of acute stroke, the ASPECT Score provides an opportunity to quantify the degree of ischemic changes in the brain parenchyma and serve as the basis for subsequent decision making.
A score out of 10, the ASPECT Score is an easy and widely understood means of communicating the extent of ischemic changes amongst care teams and physicians.
The score was developed in consideration of a multitude of imaging data of patients who presented with symptoms of acute stroke with proven vascular occlusion. The scale is used in clinical trials worldwide to quantify and classify the extent of early ischemic changes on a quantitative scale.
Cited in stroke journals and publications as the standardized means of communication of early ischemic changes, the ASPECTS is used in a multitude of articles and scientific journals.
A simple score used to communicate findings of a life-threatening and potentially disabling condition, ASPECT Score could be used in a multitude of resource settings and on most basic scanners worldwide to accurately detect and quantify early ischemic changes in acute stroke.